Chrysoritis phosphor

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Chrysoritis phosphor
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Clade: Euarthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Chrysoritis
Species: C. phosphor
Binomial name
Chrysoritis phosphor
(Trimen, 1866)[1]
Synonyms
  • Zeritis phosphor Trimen, 1866
  • Bowkeria phosphor
  • Bowkeria phosphor borealis Quickelberge, 1972

Chrysoritis phosphor, the scarce scarlet or golden flash, is a butterfly of the Lycaenidae family. It is found in South Africa.

The wingspan is 24–28 mm for males and 26–31 mm for females. Adults are wing on year round, but mainly in November and April.[2]

The associated ant species is unknown but is suspected to be an arboreal Crematogaster species.[3]

Subspecies[edit]

  • Chrysoritis phosphor phosphor (Eastern Cape)
  • Chrysoritis phosphor borealis (Quickelberge, 1972) (KwaZulu-Natal midlands and Mpumalanga)

References[edit]

  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. 
  3. ^ Afrotropical Butterflies: Lycaenidae - Tribe Aphnaeini (part 1)