Torynesis pringlei

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Pringle's widow
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Torynesis
Species: T. pringlei
Binomial name
Torynesis pringlei
Dickson, 1979[1]

Torynesis pringlei, or Pringle's widow, is a butterfly of the family Nymphalidae. It is found in Lesotho (only known from the mountains near Mokhotlong and Rafolatsane and above the Sehonghong river). There is also one record from the southern Drakensberg near Bushman's Nek in KwaZulu-Natal.

The wingspan is 42–52 mm for males and 45–55 mm for females. Adults are on wing in late January. There is one generation per year.[2]

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


  1. ^ "Torynesis 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.