Neptis rivularis

Hungarian Glider


by Matt Rowlings

copyright © 2003-2024

Show butterflies of: EU US
Photo: rivularis4.jpg

Piedmont, Italy, June 2007

Photo: rivularis19.jpg

SE Serbia, June 2012

Field notes and information

Reminiscent of the White Admiral, it is a more delicate butterfly but of equal size.

Identification & Similar species: Resembles the white admirals and the common glider, Limenitis sp. & Neptis sappho. A faint white band in the upperside forewing cell and only one broad band on the hindwing separate the species.

Distribution & Flight: Alpine valleys in north Italy and eastwards. Sporadic in the Balkans to northern Greece. Single brooded in June and July.

Habitat & Behaviour: Soars gracefully in dappled sunlight in clearings, open woodland and forest edges. In hot conditions may skim low over the ground. They often settle on leaves at and just above head high in pools of sunlight.

Photo: rivularis10.jpg

Cluj, Romania, May 2009

Photo: rivularis11.jpgPhoto: rivularis7.jpgPhoto: rivularis12.jpgPhoto: rivularis9.jpg

Cluj, Romania, May 2009

Photo: rivularis13.jpgPhoto: rivularis8.jpgPhoto: rivularis14.jpg

Cluj, Romania, May 2009

Photo: rivularis18.jpg

SW Serbia, June 2012

Photo: rivularis16.jpgPhoto: rivularis17.jpgPhoto: rivularis15.jpg

Piedmont, Italy, June 2011

Photo: rivularis2.jpgPhoto: rivularis1.jpg

Piedmont, June 2004

Photo: rivularis20.jpg

SW Serbia, June 2012

Photo: rivularis3.jpg

Piedmont, Italy, June 2007