Tarsocera cassina

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Sand-dune widow
In Adalbert Seitz's Fauna Africana
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Tribe: Satyrini
Genus: Tarsocera
Species: T. cassina
Binomial name
Tarsocera cassina
(Butler, 1868)[1]
  • Leptoneura cassina Butler, 1868

Tarsocera cassina, the sand-dune widow, is a butterfly of the family Nymphalidae. It is found in South Africa in the Western Cape along the coast from Lambert's Bay to Bredasdorp.

The wingspan is 35–40 mm for males and 40–45 mm for females. Adults are on wing from September/October to November. There is one generation per year[2]

The larvae feed on various Poaceae species, including Lolium species and Brachypodium distachyum.


  1. ^ Tarsocera 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.