Torynesis magna

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Large widow
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Tribe: Satyrini
Genus: Torynesis
Species: T. magna
Binomial name
Torynesis magna
(van Son, 1941)[1]
  • Leptoneura mintha magna van Son, 1941
  • Torynesis magna ab. tripupillata Vári, 1971

Torynesis magna, the large widow, is a butterfly of the family Nymphalidae. It is found in South Africa in the Eastern Cape from Lootsberg to Burgersdorp as far north as Barkly East and as far south as Uniondale.

The wingspan is 46–54 mm for males and 50–60 mm for females. Adults are on wing from February to March. There is one generation per year[2]

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

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