COMMON GLIDER (14)
|COMMON GLIDER (NEPTIS SAPPHO)|
A delicate butterfly, gently glides through dappled light in woodland and along woodland edges.
Identification & Similar species: Resembles the white admirals and the Hungarian glider, Limenitis sp. & Neptis rivularis. A white band in the upperside forewing cell and two on the hindwing separate the species.
Distribution & Flight: NE Italy and eastwards. Sporadic in the Balkans to north Greece. Double brooded in May/ June and July/ August.
Habitat & Behaviour: Open woodland, clearings and woodland edges in dappled shade. Feeds on flowers, Euphorbias for example, and takes salts from mud.