Chrysoritis plutus

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Plutus opal
Chrysoritis plutus, stel.jpg
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Clade: Euarthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Chrysoritis
Species: C. plutus
Binomial name
Chrysoritis plutus
(Pennington, 1967)[1]
  • Poecilmitis plutus Pennington, 1967

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

The wingspan is 24–28 mm for males and 26–35 mm for females. Flight period is two broods from August to December and January to April.[2]

Larva feed on the Thesium species. They are associated with Crematogaster peringueyi ants.


  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.