Chrysoritis midas

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Chrysoritis midas
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Clade: Euarthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Chrysoritis
Species: C. midas
Binomial name
Chrysoritis midas
(Pennington, 1962)[1]
  • Poecilmitis midas Pennington, 1962

Chrysoritis midas, the Midas opal, is a butterfly of the family Lycaenidae. It is found in South Africa, where it is found from the Roggeveld escarpment to Nuweveldberge in the Western Cape.

The wingspan is 24–28 mm for males and 25–30 mm for females. Adults are on wing from September to November. There is one generation per year.[2]

The larvae feed on Diospyros austro-africana. They are attended to by Crematogaster liengmei 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.