Chrysoritis beaufortius

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Beaufort opal
Chrysoritis beaufortius, J Dobson, a.jpg
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Clade: Euarthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Chrysoritis
Species: C. beaufortius
Binomial name
Chrysoritis beaufortius
(Dickson, 1966)[1]
  • Poecilmitis beaufortius Dickson, 1966
  • Poecilmitis stepheni Dickson, 1966
  • Poecilmitis kaplani Henning, 1979

Chrysoritis beaufortius, the Beaufort opal, is a butterfly of the family Lycaenidae found only in South Africa.

The wingspan is 32–36 mm for males and 32–38 mm for females. The flight period is from August to February in one brood.[2]

Larvae feed on Dimorphotheca cuneata. They are associated with Crematogaster peringueyi ants.


  • Chrysoritis beaufortius beaufortius – South Africa: Western Cape
  • Chrysoritis beaufortius charlesi (Dickson, 1970) – South Africa: Northern Cape
  • Chrysoritis beaufortius stepheni (Dickson, 1978) – South Africa: Northern Cape
  • Chrysoritis beaufortius sutherlandensis Heath & Pringle, 2007 – South Africa: Northern Cape


  1. ^ Chrysoritis 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.