Poecilmitis Adonis

Poecilmitis Adonis

The Adonis Opal (Chrysoritis adonis) is a species of butterfly in the Lycaenidae family. It is endemic to South Africa, where it is found on the northern slopes of the Gydoberg, the Skurweberg, the Baviaanskloofberg and the Waboomberg, as well as the Elandskloof near Seweweekspoort.

The wingspan is 29-36 mm for males and 30-37 mm for females. Adults are on wing from October to March, with peaks in November and January. There are multiple generations per year.

The larvae feed on Thesium and Zygophyllum species. They are attended to by Crematogaster liengmei ants.

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