Tarsocera imitator

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

Tarsocera imitator, the deceptive widow, is a butterfly of the family Nymphalidae. It is found in South Africa, in Namaqualand from Steinkopf in the Northern Cape south to the Lambert's Bay area in the Western Cape.

The wingspan is 42–52 mm for males and 50–57 mm for females. Adults are on wing from September to October. 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.