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Blue OakLeaf..Wings Closed


Blue OakLeaf..Wings Closed
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Copyright: Himanshu Ranade (Xplorer) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 125 W: 13 N: 327] (2187)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-03-03
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Digital Rebel XT, Canon 75-300 1:4-5.6 III USM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-03-24 7:18
Viewed: 1991
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The South Indian Blue Oakleaf (Kallima horsfieldii) is a nymphalid butterfly found in Southern India. The underside appears like a leaf complete with midrib while the upperside is brilliantly coloured.

This is a very difficult butterfly to spot since it resembles so closely a dry leaf in wings closed position and is always found in undergrowth of forests. It typically attaches itself to branches as if like a dead leaf or lies near leaf litter.

This is the dry season form.

This is quite a big butterfly and can be spotted in flight as we managed to do this one time. This one landed upside down on a thick branch and with no access to go near had to be taken from about 2 meters.

Will show the open wings photo of this one in next posting.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-03-24 7:24]

This specie is really beautiful,a perfect copy of a brown leaf,a very nice capture whit good details and colors in a difficult light and position,i like it!Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Hello Sir ...
What a beautiful pic of this beautiful butterfly ....Great focus and with very good sharpness and details ...
Tfs ...
Regards ...LOVISH GARLANI

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2013-03-24 10:30]

Hi Himanshu,
Dry leaf ..
Fantastic butterfly like a leaf, fine details and colours.
Best wishes,
Seyfi

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2013-03-24 12:11]

Hello Himanshu,
I must say what amazing camouflaged features this butterfly possesses. If you didn't looks twice you would definitely assume it was just another leaf. Very interesting and educational photo!!
Ron

你好
照的很清晰
蝴蝶很可愛
還有的姿勢特殊
構圖也美麗
謝謝分享
STONE

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2013-03-24 22:50]

Hello Himanshu,
Fine capture of this Kallima species in camouflage pose. Despite the shade the details of this leaf look-alike are well seen with fine sharpness and natural colours in a pleasing composition.
Thanks for this inateresting posting and the good note!
Best regards,
Ivan

Hello Himanshu.
This is something I haven't seen before. Nice shot a a good camouflage by this specimen.
Regards,
Jusni

Hello Himanshu,
Nice species,captured from a interesting PoV.Excellent clarity and nice natural colours.
Thanks,Best regards,
Joy

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2013-11-01 9:10]

What an amazing example of animal mimicry! Nature is so awesome!
Great capture of a rare creature. tFS!

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