Dingana dingana

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Dingaan's widow
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Dingana
Species: D. dingana
Binomial name
Dingana dingana
(Trimen, 1873)
  • Leptoneura dingana Trimen, 1873[1]

Dingana dingana, or Dingaan's widow, is a butterfly of the family Nymphalidae. It is found in the KwaZulu-Natal midfields from the Drakensberg foothills to the Mooi River.

The wingspan is 58–62 mm for males and 55–60 mm for females. Adults are on wing from September to October (with a peak in October). There is one generation per year[2]

The larvae probably feed on various Poaceae species, including Ehrharta erecta and Pennisetum clandestinum.


  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.