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Hayden's Ringlet (Coenonympha haydenii)
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Hayden's Ringlet (Coenonympha haydenii [W. H. Edwards])

Wing span: 1 3/8 - 1 1/2 inches (3.5 - 3.8 cm).

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.

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.

The Nature Conservancy Global Rank: G5 - Demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.

Management needs: None reported.


Scott, J. A. 1986. The butterflies of North America. Stanford University Press, 
     Stanford, Calif. 583 pages, 64 color plates.

Tilden, J. W. 1986. A field guide to western butterflies. Houghton-Mifflin Co., 
     Boston, Mass. 370 pages, 23 color plates.

Author: Jane M. Struttmann

Hayden's Ringlet (Coenonympha haydenii)
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