Neptis saclava

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Spotted sailer
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Neptis saclava saclava
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Neptis
Species: N. saclava
Binomial name
Neptis saclava
Boisduval, 1833
  • Neptis marpessa Hopffer, 1855
  • Neptis nemetes pasteuri Snellen, 1882
  • Neptis saclava marpessa ab. sheppardi Stevenson, 1940

Neptis saclava, the spotted sailer, is a butterfly of the family Nymphalidae. It is found in southern Africa.

Its wingspan is 40–45 mm in males and 45–48 mm in females. Adults are on the wing year round with a peak from December to May.[1]

The larvae feed on Acalypha glabrata, Combretum bracteosum, Ricinus communis, Australina, and Pilea.[1][2]


Recognised subspecies:[2]

  • N. s. saclava (Madagascar)
  • N. s. marpessa Hopffer, 1855small spotted sailer (southern Nigeria, Cameroon to Ethiopia to Zambia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, South Africa: Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape)


  1. ^ a b Woodhall, Steve (2005). Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa. Cape Town, South Africa: Struik. ISBN 978-1-86872-724-7. 
  2. ^ a b "Neptis Fabricius, 1807" at Markku Savela's Lepidoptera and Some Other Life Forms