A Common Ringlet looks a little bit different depending on what geographic area it is in. Northeastern individuals have golden yellow tops on their wings, while 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
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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Butterfly and Moth Anatomy
Antennae: Butterflies and Moths have a pair of antennae on the head used for sensing.
Head: The head is home to the insect's eyes, antennae, and proboscis.
Thorax: Home to the three pairs of legs as well as vital internal organs.
Abdomen: Contains vital internal organs such as the heart(s) and reproduction facilities.
Forewing: The upper, forward wing pair used for flying.
Hindwing: The lower, rearward wing pair used for flying.
NOTE: Butterflies and Moths are part of the Lepidopteran order as they share many similarities.