Saturday, December 22, 2007

Common Sailor (Neptis hylas)

Common Sailor (Neptis hylas), is a species of brush-footed butterflies (Nymphalidae family) found in the Indian subcontinent and South-East Asia. Another butterfly described by Linnaeus in Systema Naturae.

It has a characteristic stiff gliding flight, short and shallow wingbeats just above the horizontal, which probably earned the common name sailor. There are more than 150 species of this genus Neptis which are all referred as Sailors or typical sailors and are form old world.

Four sub-species seen in India out of which only one in mainland Indian Common Sailer (Neptis hylas varmona) and rest three are in Andaman and Nicobar islands.

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