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Common Ringlet Butterfly (Coenonympha tullia)


Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Common Ringlet Butterfly.




A high degree of color variability exists between all the regions where this ubiquitous butterfly lives.



 Updated: 6/8/2020; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org




A Common Ringlet looks a little bit different depending on what geographic area it is in. Northeastern ones have golden yellow tops on their wings, white West Coast butterflies are white. Most have a single black eyespot on the top part of the forewing’s underside, which is visible when the wings are folded up. Some Northwestern ones lack that eyespot. When wings are raised, the forewings usually show a shade of orange, while the hairy hindwings are taupe, tan or brown. Some are even yellow and black. All of them have the same general pattern, regardless of what color is prominent. This butterfly is found in all three countries in North America.

Caterpillars feed on grasses, but the adults often stop on flowers. Depending on the region, two broods can be produced in warm states where only one is produced in northern states and provinces. Look for flying adults as early as March and as late as October.


General Characteristics
Capability, Shape, Texture/Pattern, Benefits, Dangers
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Taxonomic Hierarchy
Species Breakdown
Kingdom: Animalia
  Phylum: Arthropoda
    Class: Insecta
      Order: Lepidoptera
        Family: Nymphalidae [ View More ]
          Genus: Coenonympha [ View More ]
            Species: tullia
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Descriptors
Scientific Name: Coenonympha tullia
Category: Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 27mm to 29mm (1.05in to 1.13in)
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: tan; brown; white; orange; black
Descriptors: dusty; hairy; powdery; black eyespot; orange wing; flying
Relative Size Comparison
Lo: 27mm | Hi: 29mm
Territorial Reach (A-to-Z)
U.S., Canada, and Mexico
Alabama
Alaska
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Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
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Georgia
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Louisiana
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Maryland
Massachusetts
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Mississippi
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Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming
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Alberta
British Columbia
Manitoba
New Brunswick
Newfoundland and Labrador
Nova Scotia
Ontario
Prince Edward Island
Quebec
Saskatchewan
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Mexico
Note: An insect's reach is not limited by lines drawn on a map and therefore species may appear in areas, regions and/or states beyond those listed above as they are driven by environmental factors (such as climate change), available food supplies and mating patterns.
Territorial Map
U.S., Canada, and Mexico
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Prince Edward Is.  
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Butterfly and Moth Anatomy
Graphic showing basic anatomy of a common North American butterfly and moth insect
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Antennae: Butterflies and Moths have a pair of antennae on the head used for sensing.
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Head: The head is home to the insect's eyes, antennae, and proboscis.
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Thorax: Home to the three pairs of legs as well as vital internal organs.
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Abdomen: Contains vital internal organs such as the heart(s) and reproduction facilities.
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Forewing: The upper, forward wing pair used for flying.
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Hindwing: The lower, rearward wing pair used for flying.
NOTE: Butterflies and Moths are part of the Lepidopteran order as they share many similarities.