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Water Opal

Chrysoritis palmus


Wingspan male: 21-29 mm Female: 25-31 mm. Deep copper-orange. underside heavily marked, dark. Sexes similar. Females larger, wings rounder. occurs in large numbers in small areas. Both sexes fond of yellow compositae flowers. Fast flight not sustained.


Fynbos. Nominate in W Cape, selected areas in W Cape. Prefers wetlands, gulles and hillsides.


Flights period: Several broods: nominate Sept-Apr, peak Dec

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Mari du Preez
Mari du Preez 9 years ago


Jared Hersch
Jared Hersch 9 years ago

Well spotted and great pics.

Neilen Joyce
Spotted by
Neilen Joyce

Knysna Local Municipality, Western Cape, South Africa

Spotted on Mar 9, 2013
Submitted on Mar 10, 2013

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