Chrysoritis blencathrae

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Chrysoritis blencathrae
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Clade: Euarthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Chrysoritis
Species: C. blencathrae
Binomial name
Chrysoritis blencathrae
(Heath & Ball, 1992)[1]
  • Poecilmitis blencathrae Heath & Ball, 1992

Chrysoritis blencathrae, the Waaihoek opal, is a butterfly of the family Lycaenidae. It is found in South Africa, where it is known from the peaks of the Waaihoek and Sybasberg in the Western Cape.

The wingspan is 26–36 mm for males and 30–37 mm for females. Adults are on wing from September to April, with peaks in October and February (for C. b. turneri) and December (for C. b. amatola).[2]

The larvae feed on Dimorphotheca venusta. They are attended by Crematogaster ants.


  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.