Tsomo River copper

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Tsomo River copper
Chrysoritis lyncurium, a.jpg
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Clade: Euarthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Chrysoritis
Species: C. lyncurium
Binomial name
Chrysoritis lyncurium
(Trimen, 1868)
  • Zeritis lyncurium Trimen, 1868
  • Poecilmitis lyncurium

Chrysoritis lyncurium, the Tsomo River copper or Tsomo River opal, is a species of butterfly in the family Lycaenidae. It is endemic to South Africa, where it is found from the northern Eastern Cape to southern KwaZulu-Natal.

The wingspan is 21–24 mm for males and 23–26 mm for females. Adults are on wing from December to January.[1]

The larvae feed on Myrsine and Diospyros species. They are attended to by Crematogaster 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 lyncurium. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 31 July 2007.