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Neptis Sappho (first time on treknature)

Neptis Sappho (first time on treknature)
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Copyright: Anghel Eliz (eliz) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 167 W: 20 N: 271] (1537)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007
Categories: Insects
Camera: Konica-Minolta Dynax 5D, Tamron 70-300mm f4-5.6 Di LD Macro, RAW ISO 400
Exposure: f/11, 1/640 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): My Insects [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-08-24 3:13
Viewed: 4464
Points: 4
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This is not a hi-quality picture because this is a 100% crop from a poor lens with camera set at ISO 400. But I posted this because it`s seems that nobody posted this species on treknature!
I made a search here but I found only pictures of similar species: Hungarian Glider or Common Sailor.

When I shoot this, I tried to take another picture but when I tried to get closer, this butterfly flew away. I didn't chase him because at that time I had no idea that is a rare species. It seems that this butterfly is on the list on "Romania National Interest":

Neptis sappho (lat.) // Common glider (en.)

•SYNONYMS: aceris Lepechin, 1774; aceris Esper, 1783; leucothoe Cramer, 1782; plantilla Hubner, 1805; lucilla Schrank, 1801; matuta Hubner, 1819; intermedia Hormuzaki, 1897; curuata Matsumura, 1928; curvata Bryk, 1946, nom. praeoccup.

•RANGE. Forest and forest-steppe belts of Europe and Siberia; Nepal, Mongolia, China, Korea, Japan.

•DISTRIBUTION AND VARIATION. Relatively constant in external characters throughout the territories concerned. Some authors have recorded the ssp. interme­dia Pryer, 1877 in the Amur and Ussuri regions, a form described from central China. However, our specimens deriving both from the Ussuri region and central Korea fail to differ in any respect from the nominotypical form.

•TAXONOMIC NOTES. In the literature, the identities of N. hylas Linnaeus, 1758 versus N. sappho Pallas, 1771 have often been confused (e.g., Kawazoe & Wakabayashi, 1977). Thus, N. hylas has erroneously been reported from the Amur and/or Ussuri regions. However, according to Eliot (1969), differing considerably from N. sappho both in size and coloration, N. hylas fails to occur over the territo­ries in question.

•HABITATS AND BIOLOGY. Open places in light forest, along rivers and streams. In the northern part of the range, flying from mid-June to July in a single generation. In the south, flight in May to August in two generations. Host plants (Dantchenko & Nikolaevsky, in press) in central Russia: Lathyrus vernus; in the Ussuri region: first generation on Lathyrus humilis, second generation on Lespedeza bicolor. Larval instars live and hibernate in rolled leaves.

•SIMILAR SPECIES. Neptis riuularis: with one white band on UPH.
info from: http://rusinsects.com/nymph/n-n-sapp.htm
The info about this species was also hard to find. I opened like 30 sites in google until I found one with more then a written sentence about this species

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-08-24 6:06]

Hello Anghel,
It is indeed a great idea tu publish a new species of butterfly on TN and I thanks you to do it. The shot isn't bad and it allows to see the wings perfectely.
have a nice Sunday

Hi Anghel,
well approached, wel lighted, clear and perfectly well describing documentary picture in reasonably good resolution to do a good job here. N. sappho definitely seems to be a rare species in its utmost western parts of distribution reaching SE Europe. Seems to be restricted to a few isolated locations, and appararently in a process of decline. Extinct in Austria.
When I visited Southwest Romania for hiking in August this year, I thought to have some chance to find this species. And I was lucky to see it repeatedly in good numbers in the Cerna valley near Baile Herculane, and also several times at the banks of river Danube in Parcul Natural Portile de Fier. Hope to show some pictures from these encounters here soon.
With thanks, and best regards,

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