Tarsocera dicksoni

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Dickson's widow
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Tarsocera
Species: T. dicksoni
Binomial name
Tarsocera dicksoni
(van Son, 1962)[1]
  • Cassus dicksoni van Son, 1962
  • Tarsocera dicksoni ab. cassinodes Vári, 1971

Tarsocera dicksoni, or Dickson's widow, is a butterfly of the family Nymphalidae. It is found in South Africa, in the Northern and Western Cape from Springbok south and west to Piketberg and east, and to the Swartberg Pass.

The wingspan is 42–52 mm for males and 50–57 mm for females. Adults are seen on wing from September to early December (with a peak in October or November). There is one generation per year.[2]

The larvae are believed to feed on various Poaceae species.


  1. ^ "Tarsocera Butler, [1899]" 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.