Tarsocera fulvina

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Karoo widow
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Tribe: Satyrini
Genus: Tarsocera
Species: T. fulvina
Binomial name
Tarsocera fulvina
Vári, 1971[1]
  • Tarsocera fulvina ab. megophthalma Vári, 1971

Tarsocera fulvina, the Karoo widow, is a butterfly of the family Nymphalidae. It is found in South Africa in the western Cape from the Hex River Mountains to the Roggeveld escarpment and the Sneeuberg, south to Grootwindhoekberge in the eastern Cape.

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

The larvae probably feed on various Poaceae species.


  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.