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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 ...

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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,

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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!!


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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,

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

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

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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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