Tarsocera southeyae

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Southey's widow
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Tarsocera
Species: T. southeyae
Binomial name
Tarsocera southeyae
Dickson, 1969[1]

Tarsocera southeyae, or Southey's widow, is a butterfly of the family Nymphalidae. It is found in South Africa at medium altitudes from Calvinia in the Northern Cape to Willowmore and Jansenville 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 November (with a peak in October). There is one generation per year.[2]

The larvae probably 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.