Orachrysops lacrimosa

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Orachrysops lacrimosa
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Orachrysops
Species: O. lacrimosa
Binomial name
Orachrysops lacrimosa
  • Nechrysops lacrimosa Bethune-Baker, 1923
  • Euchrysops lacrimosa
  • Lepidochrysops lacrimosa
  • Neochrysops lacrimosa var. major Bethune-Baker, 1923

Orachrysops lacrimosa, the restless blue, is a butterfly of the family Lycaenidae. It is found in South Africa, where it is known from the KwaZulu-Natal midlands to the eastern part of the Orange Free State and Mpumalanga.

The wingspan is 32–44 mm for males and 32–40 mm for females. Adults are on wing from October to December, although the exact time depends on the spring rains. There is one generation per year.[2]

The larvae feed on Indigofera species.


  1. ^ Orachrysops 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.