The Ringlet is a butterfly of wet grassland found commonly in the north and west of the county but is only very recently to be found in growing numbers in the south, reflecting an expansion of its range in Cumbria. Butterflies found around the Penrith area are often without the characteristic spots on the ring, or with these much diminished and are locally known as 'Ringless'. Butterflies
Where to look
Look for an area of wet, lush grassland almost anywhere in the north and west of the county at the right time of year and there is have a high chance of finding the Ringlet. For example, Finglandrigg NNR, NY283572 or Ennerdale Longmoor Common, NY088153 are two likely sites. Inland sites include Gaitbarrows NNR, SD485775 (a permit is required, telephone 015395 31604) on the Lancashire-Cumbria border, Howe Ridding CWT Reserve, SD435882 and Arnside Knott, SD455774.
When to look
Any time in July