Dingana bowkeri

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Bowker's widow
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Dingana
Species: D. bowkeri
Binomial name
Dingana bowkeri
(Trimen, 1870)[1]
Synonyms
  • Leptoneura bowkeri Trimen, 1870
  • Serradinga bowkeri (Trimen, 1870)

Dingana bowkeri, or Bowker's widow, is a butterfly of the family Nymphalidae. It is found in Lesotho, South Africa, in the Eastern Cape and Richmond and Cradock in the Cape Province.

The wingspan is 50–55 mm for males and 48–54 mm for females. Adults are on wing from November to February (with a peak from December to January). There is one generation per year.[2]

The larvae probably feed on various Poaceae species, probably including Merxmuellera species. Larvae have been reared on Pennisetum clandestinum.

Subspecies[edit]

  • Dingana bowkeri bowkeri (north-eastern Cape, Natal, Lesotho, Transvaal, Orange Free State)
  • Dingana bowkeri bella van Son, 1955 (central Cape: Richmond)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dingana 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.