Neptis trigonophora

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Barred sailer
Male, figure 1
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Neptis
Species: N. trigonophora
Binomial name
Neptis trigonophora
Butler, 1878
  • Neptis melicerta var. melicertula Strand, 1912
  • Neptis intermedia Schultze, 1920
  • Neptis trigonophora f. vansomereni Eltringham, 1929
  • Neptis trigonophora vansomereni d'Abrera, 1980

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

Wingspan is 45–50 mm in males and 48–55 mm in females. Adults are on the wing possibly year round with peak from March to April.[1]

The larvae feed on Paullinia pinnata.[2]


Recognised subspecies:[2]

  • N. t. trigonophora (Kenya, eastern Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, eastern Zimbabwe, South Africa: Eastern Cape Province)
  • N. t. melicertula Strand, 1912 (Senegal, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon, Gabon, Congo, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, north-western Tanzania, northern Zambia)


  1. ^ 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