Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Hayden's Ringlet
Coenonympha haydenii (W.H. Edwards, 1872)

Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: Satyrinae
Identification: Upperside of male is dark brown, female is much lighter. Underside of all wings with a narrow row of pale metallic scales at the margin and a pale terminal line. Hindwing has a submarginal row of 5-7 black eyespots that are each ringed with orange.
Wing Span: 1 3/8 - 1 1/2 inches (3.5 - 3.8 cm).
Life History: Adults have a bouncy flight. Males patrol for females.
Flight: One brood from late June-early August.
Caterpillar Hosts: Grasses.
Adult Food: Flower nectar.
Habitat: Forest clearings, mountain meadows, bogs; to 9000 feet (2956 m).
Range: Southwest Montana, southeast Idaho, and western Wyoming.
Conservation: Not usually required.
NCGR: G5 - Demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.
Management Needs: None reported.
Comments: NULL
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