Grey Ringlet (Hypocysta pseudirius)
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.
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.