Chrysoritis penningtoni

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Pennington's opal
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Clade: Euarthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Chrysoritis
Species: C. penningtoni
Binomial name
Chrysoritis penningtoni
(Riley, 1938)
  • Poecilmitis penningtoni Riley, 1938

Chrysoritis penningtoni, the Pennington's opal, is a species of butterfly in the family Lycaenidae. It is endemic to South Africa, where it is found on the high slopes of the Amatolas in the Eastern Cape.

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

The larvae are associated with ants of the genus Crematogaster.


  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 penningtoni. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 31 July 2007.