Dingana clarki

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Clark's widow
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Dingana
Species: D. clarki
Binomial name
Dingana clarki
van Son, 1955[1]
Synonyms
  • Serradinga clarki (van Son, 1955)

Dingana clarki, or Clark's widow, is a butterfly of the family Nymphalidae. It is found in South Africa.

The wingspan is 45–54 mm for males and 44–52 mm for females. Adults are on wing from November to February (with a peak from December to January, later for the northern populations). There is one generation per year.[2]

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

Subspecies[edit]

  • Dingana clarki clarki (Eastern Cape)
  • Dingana clarki amissivallis (Henning & Henning, 1996) (Verloren Valei in Mpumalanga)
  • Dingana clarki dracomontana (Henning & Henning, 1996) (lower Drakensberg, from Eastern Cape to KwaZulu-Natal, Swaziland and Mpumalanga)
  • Dingana clarki ocra (Henning & Henning, 1996) (Mpumalanga Drakensberg)

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.