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Grey Ringlet (Hypocysta pseudirius)

Grey Ringlet
Upperside. (Ingleburn, NSW, 17/10/2009)

Appearance: Upperside brown with extended orange patch and one or two small eyespots on the hind wings. Underside grey-brown with bright subterminal band and several small eyespots. Similar to other species in the genus Hypocysta.
Wingspan: 3.0 cm
Season: Several generations annually from early spring until late autumn.
Range: Across the eastern parts of QLD and NSW.
Habitat: Forest and woodland with a grassy understorey.

Description

The Grey Ringlet can be found locally across the eastern parts of QLD and NSW. It prefers somewhat drier forests and woodland with grassy areas where the butterflies usually occur in large numbers. There are two very similar species along the east coast of Australia, the Orange-streaked Ringlet (H. irius) and the Brown Ringlet (H. metirius). The Grey Ringlet can be distinguished from these two species through the shape and extent of the orange patch on the upperside of the hind wings and the somewhat smaller eyespots.

Additional Photos

Grey Ringlet
The upperside is brown with an orange patch and one or two small eyespots on the hind wing. (Ingleburn, NSW, 24/04/2010)
Grey Ringlet
The underside is mainly grey-brown with a bright subterminal band and several small eyespots on the hind wing. (Ingleburn, NSW, 24/04/2010)
Grey Ringlet
The Grey Ringlet can be distinguished from the similar Brown Ringlet through its different colour and smaller eyespots. (Ingleburn, NSW, 17/10/2009)
Grey Ringlet
The eyespots on the hind wing underside can be quite large and similar to those of the Brown Ringlet. (Glenbrook, NSW, 02/04/2010)
Grey Ringlet
The orange patch on the upperside does not extend into the central areas of the hind wing (see Brown Ringlet). (Ingleburn, NSW, 24/04/2010)