Orachrysops ariadne

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Orachrysops ariadne
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Orachrysops
Species: O. ariadne
Binomial name
Orachrysops ariadne
(Butler, 1898)
  • Catachrysops ariadne Butler, 1898
  • Euchrysops ariadne
  • Lepidochrysops ariadne

Orachrysops ariadne, the Karkloof blue, is a species of butterfly in the family Lycaenidae. It is endemic to South Africa, where it is only known from a few localities in the KwaZulu-Natal midlands.

The wingspan is 26–40 mm. Adults are on wing from March to April. There is one generation per year.[1]

The larvae feed on Indigofera woodii var. laxa.


  1. ^ Woodhall, Steve (2005). Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa. Cape Town, South Africa: Struik. ISBN 978-1-86872-724-7. 
  • Gimenez Dixon, M. 1996. Orachrysops ariadne. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 31 July 2007.