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 philyra
Neptis philyra Nymphalidae
Main Region: Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku, Kyushu, Sado Island and Tsushima.
Found in forests and green spaces with plants in aceraceae family from flatlands to mountains.
Have distinct white lines on black-brown wings, as Japanese name Mistuji-cho literally meaning three lines butterfly states.
Similar to common glider and neptis aiwina but the upper lines on wings are thinner and straight on this species.
Have similar patterns on the back of wings but base color is more brownish.
Adults feed on water and dungs of animals not flowers.
Caterpillars feed on plants in aceraceae family including Matsumurae maple and Japanese maple.
Flying style is unique; fly by flattering wings for a short while and then glide (without flattering wings).

●Wingspan  about 55 to 70 mm
●Adult Flight Season  May to about August
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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