Chrysoritis endymion

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Chrysoritis endymion
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Clade: Euarthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Chrysoritis
Species: C. endymion
Binomial name
Chrysoritis endymion
(Pennington, 1962)
  • Poecilmitis endymion Pennington, 1962

Chrysoritis endymion, the Endymion opal, is a species of butterfly in the family Lycaenidae. It is endemic to South Africa.

The wingspan is 30–34 mm for males and 30–38 mm for females. Adults are on wing from November to January. There is one extended generation per year.[1]

The larvae feed on Thesium and Thesidium species. They are attended to by Crematogaster peringueyi 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 endymion 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 31 July 2007.