Torynesis hawequas

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Hawequas widow
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Tribe: Satyrini
Genus: Torynesis
Species: T. hawequas
Binomial name
Torynesis hawequas
Dickson, 1973[1]

Torynesis hawequas, the Hawequas widow, is a butterfly of the family Nymphalidae. It is found in the Western Cape and above Nuwekloof and north from Gydoberg to the Cederberg in South Africa.

The wingspan is 44–50 mm for males and 47–54 mm for females. Adults are on wing from March to April. There is one generation per year.[2]

The larvae feed on various Poaceae species, including Merxmuellera species.


  1. ^ Torynesis 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.