Chrysoritis daphne

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Chrysoritis daphne
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Clade: Euarthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Chrysoritis
Species: C. daphne
Binomial name
Chrysoritis daphne
(Dickson, 1975)
  • Poecilmitis daphne Dickson, 1975

Chrysoritis daphne, the Daphne's opal, is a species of butterfly in the family Lycaenidae. It is endemic to South Africa, where it is found on the southern slopes of the Kammanassie Mountains in the Western Cape.

The wingspan is 25–29 mm for males and 29–31 mm for females. Adults are on wing from November to February. There is one extended generation per year.[1]

The larvae feed on Thesium species. They are attended by Crematogaster liengmei ants.


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