Chrysoritis pelion

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Machacha opal
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Clade: Euarthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Chrysoritis
Species: C. pelion
Binomial name
Chrysoritis pelion
(Pennington, 1953)[1]
  • Poecilmitis pelion Pennington, 1953

Chrysoritis pelion, the Machacha opal, is a butterfly of the family Lycaenidae found only in South Africa.

The wingspan is 20–24 mm for males and 22–30 mm for females. Flight period has several broods from October to March.[2]


  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.