48 - 52mm
A sooty dark-brown, almost black butterfly, particularly the upper wings and more so in the male, with a continuous white fringe outlining the rounded wings. The male is smaller at 48mm wingspan to the female's 52mm. The eyespots on the male upper wings, two present on each wing, are very faint. The female is less intense in colour and therefore the eyespot patterning is clearer. The undersides of both sexes are more generally brown, the female being a slightly richer brown with a tinge of reddish colour. The eyespots are now prominent in both sexes, there being three across the under forewing and two sets on the under hindwing - two near the costa and three towards the outer edge, all clearly ringed with pale yellow, surrounding a black circle and inner white pupil dot.
The Ringlet appears on the wing in late June and flies until the end of August and possibly into September, by which time it will have become very thin and tattered.
The Ringlet nectars at Bramble flowers, and is very partial to Privet, over which it can be seen swarming at certain times. Other flowers favoured include, Knapweeds, Thistles, Marjorum, and Wild Basil.