Not a Leaf

Not a leaf. An orange oakleaf butterfly, ventral view (photo from Wikimedia Commons)

16 September 2022

This Asian butterfly is a camouflage artist. When its wings are open it’s orange and brown and iridescent blue, below.

Orange oakleaf butterfly, dorsal view (photo from Wikimedia Commons)

But when its wings are closed it looks like a leaf, shown at top.

Touch the “leaf” and it comes alive as an orange oakleaf butterfly (Kallima inachus).

(photos from Wikimedia Commons; click on the captions to see the originals)

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