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Butterfly: Sand-dune Widow

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Butterfly: Sand-dune Widow

Unread post by arks » Sun Jan 08, 2012 10:46 pm

Here's another butterfly that I need ID help with. Seen in my garden in Darling in October 2011.

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Re: Butterfly ID needed

Unread post by AFRICAT » Mon Jan 09, 2012 12:05 am

I believe that might be Tarsocera cassina; common name: sand-dune widow; and a member of the Satyrinae. Migdoll's field guide says it "has an unusual haunt in the sandy coastal strandveld of the south-western Cape lowlands….It is on the wing from October to early December….Recorded localities…extend from Malmesbury and Darling south-eastwards to the Bredasdorp district."

It seems it's found in just a few months, and in a relatively small area, so well spotted, arks.

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Re: Butterfly ID needed

Unread post by arks » Fri Jan 13, 2012 1:48 am

I found that I took some far better pix of the sand-dune widow a few days later, so here are a couple :) Again, seen in my garden in Darling.

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4,5 April Melville
6-19 April KNP: Croc Bridge, Olifants, Shingwedzi, Pafuri Border
20-24 April Mapungubwe: Leokwe
25 April-28 May Darling
29 May-19 June Cape Town
* * *
21 September-21 November Darling


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