Aphantopus hyperantus

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RINGLET Aphantopus hyperantus

Prior to the early 2000s it was a mystery why this species did not occur in Lancashire or Cheshire, as it occurred to the south, east and north and there was no lack of seemingly suitable habitat. The first map shows two stray records in mid and north Cheshire; the second map shows a concentration of records in the exteme south-west (the Wych valley), then the third map shows a considerable increase in the south of Cheshire, and further records in the east of the vice-county, the east and north of VC59 (South Lancashire), some of them seemingly on the lower slopes of hilly terrain, and some around Morecambe Bay. There has been considerable further expansion in 2010/11, especally around Oldham in VC59. The butterfly likes medium-length rough grassland with shelter belts provided by woodland edges and tree lines. It will co-exist with M. jurtina, but tends to dominate over that species in such situations.

THE THREE PERIODS COMPARED

PERIOD 1 (1940-1994) WITH RECORDING COVERAGE, ALTITUDE AND URBAN COVER

PERIOD 2 (1995-2000) WITH RECORDING COVERAGE, ALTITUDE AND URBAN COVER

PERIOD 3 (2001-2007) WITH RECORDING COVERAGE, ALTITUDE AND URBAN COVER

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