The wingspan is 32–36 mm for males and 34–38 mm for females. Adults are on wing year round with peak in early summer and autumn in southern Africa. The butterfly usually has three ocelli on the underside of their hindwing, although these may not appear during the dry season.
The species may be divided into the following subspecies:
- Ypthima impura impura (Ivory Coast to Nigeria, Cameroon, Zaire, Angola)
- Ypthima impura paupera Ungemach, 1932 -Bushveld ringlet (Ethiopia, from eastern Africa to Transvaal and KwaZulu-Natal)
|Wikispecies has information related to Ypthima impura|
- "Ypthima Hübner, 1818" at Markku Savela's Lepidoptera and Some Other Life Forms
- Woodhall, Steve (2005). Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa. Cape Town, South Africa: Struik. ISBN 978-1-86872-724-7.
- Subtribe Ypthima
- Swaziland National Trust Commission Archived March 3, 2016, at the Wayback Machine.
- Willis, C. and S. Woodhall. Butterflies of South Africa's National Botanical Gardens. SANBI Biodiversity Series 16, 2010.
- Afrotropical Butterflies: File E – Nymphalidae - Subtribe Ypthimina
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