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Common Sailer

Afrikaans name: Reënbos-swerwer

Common Sailer butterfly

Photo © Steven Herbert

Neptis laeta

The Common Sailer, sometimes referred to as the Common Barred Sailer, is found from KwaZulu-Natal, through Mpumalanga to Limpopo.

This butterfly has a wingspan of about 4.5 cm. Male and female have similar colouration.

The Common Sailer is a common species of butterfly that is found in forests and bushveld in warmer areas. It is particularly common near water courses. In warmer areas they may be seen all year round but they are most common between December and May.


References and further reading

Butterflies of Southern Africa - A field guide - Author: Mark Williams - Year Published: 1994 - Page: 91

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

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

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

What's That Butterfly - Author: Steve Woodhall - Year Published: 2008 - Page: 722

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