16 September 2022
This Asian butterfly is a camouflage artist. When its wings are open it’s orange and brown and iridescent blue, below.
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).
Kallima inachus, the orange oakleaf, is a butterfly found in Tropical Asia. With wings closed, it closely resembles a dry leaf with dark veins and is a spectacular and commonly cited example of camouflage https://t.co/Gni6zCMGpn [source of the gif: https://t.co/RSSUeIGwJx] pic.twitter.com/fiooNzm2hZ— Massimo (@Rainmaker1973) August 21, 2022
(photos from Wikimedia Commons; click on the captions to see the originals)
3 thoughts on “Not a Leaf”
Just fascinating, Kate! Have a good weekend!
Kate, you find the most interesting things ! Thanks.
Love this post!