Chrysoritis orientalis

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Chrysoritis orientalis
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Clade: Euarthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Chrysoritis
Species: C. orientalis
Binomial name
Chrysoritis orientalis
(Swanepoel, 1976)
  • Poecilmitis orientalis Swanepoel, 1976

Chrysoritis orientalis, the eastern opal, is a species of butterfly in the family Lycaenidae. It is endemic to South Africa, where it is found on the southern Drakensberg in KwaZulu-Natal.

The wingspan is 18–22 mm for males and 20–24 mm for females. Adults are on wing from October to January, with a peak in December. There is one generation per year.[1]

The larvae feed on Thesium species. They are attended to 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 orientalis. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 31 July 2007.