Chrysoritis violescens

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Violet opal
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Clade: Euarthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Chrysoritis
Species: C. violescens
Binomial name
Chrysoritis violescens
(Dickson, 1971)[1]
  • Poecilmitis violescens Dickson, 1971

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

The wingspan is 26–30 mm for males and 30–38 mm for females. Its flight period is from August to December.[2]

The larvae feed on Dimorphotheca cuneata. They are attended to by Crematogaster peringueyi ants.[2]


  1. ^ Chrysoritis at Markku Savela's Lepidoptera and Some Other Life Forms
  2. ^ a b Woodhall, Steve (2005). Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa. Cape Town, South Africa: Struik. ISBN 978-1-86872-724-7.