Ypthima impura

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Ypthima impura
Scientific classification
Y. impura
Binomial name
Ypthima impura
Elwes & Edwards, 1893[1]
  • Ypthima impura f. impura Elwes & Edwards, 1893
  • Ypthima pupillaris paupera Ungemach, 1932
  • Ypthima pupillaris f. hiemis Ungemach, 1932
  • Ypthima impura f. badhami van Son, 1955
  • Ypthima badhami
  • Ypthima paupera

Ypthima impura, the impure ringlet (known in Afrikaans as the vuil-ringetjie), is a butterfly of the family Nymphalidae. It is found in most of Sub-Saharan Africa.

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.[2] The butterfly usually has three ocelli on the underside of their hindwing, although these may not appear during the dry season.[3]

The larvae feed on Poaceae grasses. Larvae have also been reared on Ehrharta erecta.[4] Females are usually more sedentary than males, with stouter abdomens.[5]


The species may be divided into the following subspecies:

  • Ypthima impura impura (Ivory Coast to Nigeria, Cameroon, Zaire, Angola)[6]
  • Ypthima impura paupera Ungemach, 1932 -Bushveld ringlet (Ethiopia, from eastern Africa to Transvaal and KwaZulu-Natal)[6]


  1. ^ "Ypthima Hübner, 1818" at Markku Savela's Lepidoptera and Some Other Life Forms
  2. ^ Woodhall, Steve (2005). Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa. Cape Town, South Africa: Struik. ISBN 978-1-86872-724-7.
  3. ^ Subtribe Ypthima
  4. ^ Swaziland National Trust Commission Archived March 3, 2016, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ Willis, C. and S. Woodhall. Butterflies of South Africa's National Botanical Gardens. SANBI Biodiversity Series 16, 2010.
  6. ^ a b Afrotropical Butterflies: File E – Nymphalidae - Subtribe Ypthimina