Chrysoritis zonarius

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Donkey daisy copper
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Chrysoritis
Species: C. zonarius
Binomial name
Chrysoritis zonarius
(Riley, 1938)[1]
  • Phasis zeuxo zonarius Riley, 1938
  • Chrysoritis coetzeri Dickson & Wykeham, 1994 – Coetzer's daisy copper[2]

Chrysoritis zonarius, the donkey daisy copper or Coetzer's daisy copper, is a butterfly of the Lycaenidae family. It is found in South Africa, along the coast and inland from the Cape Peninsula, north-west to Paleisheuwel and Lambert's Bay and along the hills to the Western Cape.

The wingspan is 18–22 mm for males and 20–24 mm for females. Adults are on wing from September to November. There is one generation per year.[2]

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


  • Chrysoritis zonarius zonarius (South Africa: Western Cape)
  • Chrysoritis zonarius coetzeri Dickson & Wykeham, 1994 (South Africa: Northern Cape)


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