Ypthima asterope asterope Klug, 1832
Common names: African Ringlet, Common Three-Ring [En], Astéropode [Fr], Αστερόπη [Gr], Karagöz [Tu].
Marmaris, MUĞLA ● Turkey
Description: The wingspan is 30-34 mm for males and 32-38 mm for females. Upperside dull-brown, fringe whitish. Underside greyish-white covered with very delicate minute transverse streaks. Forewing with a discal and subterminal dark brown band meeting below the ocellus and forming a loop. Hindwing more uniform with a pre-apical, a sub-tornal and a tornal small ocellus.
• Y. a. asteropode Klug, 1832 – Africa, South Arabia, India, North of Tropical regions
• Y. a. hereroica van Son, 1955 – South-western Africa
• Y. a. mahratta Moore, 1884 – North-western India.
Biology: Adults are on wing year round with peaks in summer and autumn in southern Africa. There is one generation per year. The larvae feed on Poaceae grasses. Larvae have also been reared on Ehrharta erecta.
Habitat: stony places.
Distribution: Most dry areas of both Africa and Asia. Cyprus, Dodecanese Islands, North Aegean Islands.
Wikipedia, Ypthima asteropode
Antram C.B., 1924. Butterflies of India, Thacker, Spink Co, Calcutta.