Treasures of Mt. Takao

Mt. Takao is considered one of the three major habitat of insects along with Minoo (Osaka prefecture) and Kibune (Kyoto prefecture) and it has long been loved by researchers of insects because of number of species and the easy access from the Metropolitan area. There are many insects first found in Mt. Takao and named after "Takao" such as Takao Shachihoko (Hiradonta takaonis Matsumura) and Takao medaka kamikiri (Stenhomalus takaosanus).

Neptis sappho (Common Glider)
Neptis sappho (Common Glider) Nymphalidae
Main Region: Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku, Kyushu, Sado Island, Tsushima and Yaku Island.
Found in forests and woods from flatlands to mountains.
Also found at parks and farmlands.
Have three distinct white lines on black-brown wings.
The upper lines split in two whereas similar neptis philyra has straight lines.
Color on the back of wings is reddish brown with white belt-like patterns.
Fly by flattering wings and glide just like neptis philyra does.
Adults feed on nectar of Ligustrum obtusifolium, rotten fruits, tree sap and dungs of animals.
Caterpillars feed on leaves of plants in Fabaceae family including kudzu.

●Wingspan  about 44 to 55 mm
●Adult Flight Season  April to about October
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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