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Water Opal

Chrysoritis palmus

Description:

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.

Habitat:

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

Notes:

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

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2 Comments

Mari du Preez
Mari du Preez 7 years ago

lovely

Jared Hersch
Jared Hersch 7 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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