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Common Threering or African Ringlet
Ypthima asterope





Tirupur, Tamil Nadu, India, October 2012

Yphthima asterope distribution

European distribution

In European books this butterfly is called the African ringlet. It is found on a few easter Aegean islands, Cyprus and eastwards into Turkey. It is much commoner in the Middle East and southern Asia and the picture above was taken in Tirupur, in Tamil Nadu, India, where it is known as the common threering.

The upperside is dark, with a single twin-pupilled, yellow-ringed apical ocellus in each forewing, with a pale surround. There is a smaller, single-pupilled, yellow-ringed ocellus in the anal angle of the hindwing. There are three ocelli on the rough-textured, grey underside hindwing. The forewing ocellus, just visible in this photo, is the same on underside and upperside.

The caterpillars feed on grasses, including meadow grasses and the adults fly in a succession of broods from April to late October.