Chrysoritis azurius

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Azure opal
Chrysoritis azurius, stel.jpg
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Clade: Euarthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Chrysoritis
Species: C. azurius
Binomial name
Chrysoritis azurius
(Swanepoel, 1975)
Synonyms
  • Poecilmitis azurius Swanepoel, 1975

Chrysoritis azurius, the azure opal, is a species of butterfly in the family Lycaenidae. It is endemic to South Africa, where it is known from the Northern Cape and Western Cape.

The wingspan is 32–36 mm for males and 35–40 mm for females. Adults are on wing from October to December. There is one extended generation per year.[1]

The associated ant is unknown, but is suspected to be a Crematogaster species.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Woodhall, Steve (2005). Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa. Cape Town, South Africa: Struik. ISBN 978-1-86872-724-7. 
  2. ^ Afrotropical Butterflies: Lycaenidae - Tribe Aphnaeini (part 2)
  • Gimenez Dixon, M. 1996. Poecilmitis azurius. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 31 July 2007.