Chrysoritis perseus

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Perseus opal
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Clade: Euarthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Chrysoritis
Species: C. perseus
Binomial name
Chrysoritis perseus
(Henning, 1977)[1]
  • Poecilmitis perseus Henning, 1977

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

The wingspan is 24–28 mm for males and 26–30 mm for females. Flight period is two broods from August to March, peaking November.[2]

Larva feed on Zygophyllum species. They are associated with ants of the genus Crematogaster.


  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.