Chrysoritis aethon
Chrysoritis aethon
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Chrysoritis
Species: C. aethon
Binomial name
Chrysoritis aethon
(Trimen, 1887)[1]
Synonyms
  • Zeritis aethon Trimen, 1887

The Lydenburg Opal (Chrysoritis aethon) is a butterfly of the Lycaenidae family. It is found in South Africa, where it is known from northern KwaZulu-Natal to Mpumalanga, along the Drakensberg escarpment to Mariepskop in the Limpopo Province.

The wingspan is 24-28 mm for males and 28-32 mm for females. Adults are on wing from September to April, with peaks in November and February. There are several generations per year.[2]

The larvae feed on Rhus zeyheri and Diospyros species. They are attended to by Crematogaster liengmei ants.

References

  1. ^ Chrysoritis, Site of Markku Savela
  2. ^ Woodhall, S. Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa, Cape Town: Struik Publishers, 2005.