The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Spotted Sailer

Afrikaans name: Spikkel-swerwer

Spotted Sailer butterfly

Spotted Sailer

Photo © Steven Herbert

Neptis saclava marpessa

The Spotted Sailer has a wingspan of around 4.5 cm with females being a bit larger than males. The sexes have similar colouration.

It is found from around Port Elizabeth, along the east coast and the northern and north-eastern portions of the country. It is also found in Gauteng and the North West Province.

The Spotted Sailer is mainly found in lowland forests and riverine forests.

Have you wondered how this, and related species, got their name of "sailer"? The reason is their sailing flight where they glide with wings wide open and only occasional wing flaps.

References and further reading

Butterflies of Southern Africa - A field guide - Author: Mark Williams - Published: 1994 - Page: 90

Butterflies of the Kruger National Park - Author: Johan Kloppers and the late Dr. G. Van Son - Published: 1978 - Page: 78

Familiar South African Butterflies - Author: Clive Quickelberge - Published: 1986 - Page: 25

Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa - 1st edition - Author: Steve Woodhall - Published: 2005 - Page: 122

Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa - 2nd edition - Author: Steve Woodhall - Published: 2020 - Page: 126

Gardening for Butterflies - Author: Steve Woodhall & Lindsay Gray - Published: 2015 - Page: 92

Ivor Migdolls Field Guide to the Butterflies of Southern Africa - Author: Ivor Migdoll - Published: 1987 - Page: 165

Southern African Wildlife - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1989 - Page: 341

Whats That Butterfly - Author: Steve Woodhall - Published: 2008 - Page: 722


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