Chrysoritis oreas

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Drakensberg copper
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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Clade: Euarthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Chrysoritis
Species: C. oreas
Binomial name
Chrysoritis oreas
(Trimen, 1891)
  • Zeritis oreas Trimen, 1891

Chrysoritis oreas, the Drakensberg copper or Drakensberg daisy copper, is a species of butterfly in the family Lycaenidae. It is endemic to South Africa, where it is found in montane grassland in the eastern KwaZulu-Natal Drakensberg foothills.

The wingspan is 21–23 mm for males and 22–24 mm for females. Adults are on wing from late September to mid-November. There is one generation per year.[1]

The larvae feed on Thesium species. They are attended to by Myrmicaria nigra 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. Chrysoritis oreas. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 31 July 2007.