Tarsocera namaquensis

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

Tarsocera namaquensis, the Namaqua widow, is a butterfly of the family Nymphalidae. It is found in South Africa, from Steinkopf in Namaqualand south to Nieuwoudtville in the Northern Cape.

The wingspan is 38–48 mm for males and 42–50 mm for females. Adults are on wing from August to October (with a peak in September). There is one generation per year[2]

The larvae probably feed on 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.