Common Brown Ringlet
(erroneously: Hypocista metirius)
SATYRINAE, NYMPHALIDAE, PAPILIONOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Wes Jenkinson)
These Caterpillars are green or brown with vague light and dark lines along the body. The caterpillars have two short horns with white edges on both the head and the tail. The caterpillars grow to a length of about 2 cms.
They feed on common grasses and sedges such as:
The pupa is angular and brown, and hangs from a stem. It has a length of about 1 cm.
The adult butterflies are brown, with an orange patch on each hind wing ending in an eyespot.
Underneath, the wings are brown, and each hind wing has two eyespots. The adult butterflies have a wingspan of about 4 cms.
The eggs are pale green and spherical. They are laid singly on foodplants.
The species may be found along the east coast of Australia, including
There have been times when Hypocysta metirius , Hypocysta pseudirius , and Hypocysta adiante have been seen flying together. They are very difficult to tell apart in flight
Further reading :
Michael F. Braby,
Butterflies of Australia, CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 2, pp. 482-483.
Arthur G. Butler,
Contributions towards a knowledge of the Rhopalocera of Australia,
Transactions of the Entomological Society of London,
1875, Part 1, p. 3.
Kelvyn L. Dunn,
A further search for Hypocysta metirius (Butler 1875) (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae) in Southern New South Wales,
Volume 45, Part 1 (2016), pp. 13-19.
Life history notes on the Brown Ringlet, Hypocysta metirius (Butler, 1875) Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae,
Issue 78 (September 2015), pp. 16-18,
Butterflies and Other Invertebrates Club.
(updated 11 October 2012, 17 August 2017, 27 October 2020)