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Oak leaf Butterfly

Oak leaf Butterfly
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Copyright: kapil koltharkar (kapildk) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 181 W: 32 N: 502] (3197)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-10-02
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon coolpix L110
Exposure: f/4.5
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-03-14 22:28
Viewed: 3716
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi Friends,
I captured this butterfly in YEUR forest in Thane. It was dificult to capture the pic due to cloudy atmosphere. So i used double flash to get it well. Hope you like the beauty.

Oak leaf butterfly:
The Orange Oakleaf or Dead Leaf (Kallima inachus) is a nymphalid butterfly found in tropical Asia from India to Japan. With wings closed, it closely resembles a dry leaf with dark veins and is a spectacular example of camouflage.
The dry-season form
The fore wing discoidal cell, interspace 1a, 1 to near apex, basal half of 2, and extreme bases of 3 and 4 rich violet-blue, the borders of the discocellulars and the interspaces of veins 2, 3 and 4 are black, spread diffusely outwards in interspaces 1a and 1. A very broad oblique discal orange band from costa to apices of interspaces 1 and 2, this orange band is sprinkled with bluish black scales ; apical third of wing velvety purpurescent black; a hyaline transverse spot near middle of interspace 2, and a subtriangular similar small preapical spot. Hind wing more uniform violescent blue ; the costal margin and apex very broadly brown, somewhat densely irrorated with dusky violescent black scales ; dorsal margin brown ; a ridge of long brownish hairs along vein 1 spreading on to the dorsal margin. Fore and hind wings crossed by a subterminal dusky zigzag line commencing about the middle of interspace 3 in the fore wing, and most conspicuous on the hind wing.

Underside appearing like a leaf with dark veinsUnderside very closely resembles a dry leaf ; ground-colour very variable, but usually some shade of brown (rusty, greyish, and yellowish browns being the most common), always with scattered dark dots or little dark patches having the appearance of fungus-like or lichenous growths so common on dead leaves in the tropics. When the insect closes its wings over its back the likeness to a dead leaf is most striking, and is heightened by a straight transverse, narrow, dark band running from the apex of the fore to the tornus of the hindwing, often with oblique narrower similar bands or lines given off from it, all simulating very closely the midrib and lateral veins of a leaf. The hind wing in all specimens has a more or less obsolescent or faint series of postdiscal ocelli, traces of which are also apparent on the fore wing. Antennae dark brown; head, thorax, and abdomen dark violescent brown; beneath, the palpi, thorax and abdomen paler earthy brown.
Wet-season form
Smaller than the dry-season form, but very similar to it. The colours are richer and darker, and the orange discal band more broadly bordered with black on the inner side. On the underside some of the specimens from areas of heavy rainfall have the ground-colour very dark ochraceous brown.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2012-03-14 23:30]

Hello Kapil,
A great capture of this Kalima species in its camouflage pose as a leaf.
Though the BG is not the best the butterfly is well seen with nice clarity and natural colours.
An excellent contribution to TN!
Thanks and best regards,

Hi Kapil,

Outragious but gorgeous! Well done. Such a master of camoflage.



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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2012-03-15 0:22]

Good species, almost looks like leaf, fine capture. tfs.

Now this is what we normally do not see that frequently on TN, Kapil. It is truly new, original and first rate post: An Oak Leaf Butterfly. This is a remarkable shot with the subject giving you a full view of its open wings and why it is named thus. Good focus and natural colours.
Well done and great to have you back!

Hi Kapil

I guess using a flash was a small compromise to digitise this most hard to locate "leafy" beauty. It seems it made itself conspicuous for you by getting out of the leaves..Well captured and presented..


Hi Kapil,
What a stunning picture of this butterfly. The clarity and composition are excellent and the POV and DOF are spot on.

Hello kapil,
absolutely fantastic. i never seen this butterfly. good example of mimicry.
good wishes from samiran

Hello Kapil,
A marvelous composition. Wonderful butterfly with excellent camouflage. It is a perfect photo taken from a good POV.
The details are fantastic.
Thanks for sharing! Marius.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-03-15 9:01]

Hello Kapil,
Original photo of this special camouflaged butterfly. Excellent sharpness, beautiful natural colours and a fine composition.

Hi Kapil,
what an interesting species. Excellent point of view. Nice colours and composition.
Thanks for sharing,

Ciao Kapil. Impressive example of camouflage MF. Details and sharp are perfect. And amazing spots of light like BG. TFS the interesting specie.


Amazing butterfly Kapil! Impressive photo too! Very good composition, wonderful colours and good sharpness.

Hello Kapil Bhai,

Hope you are well, my young friend. I have come to this late but this one is one hell of strange miracle of nature, looks almost like a oak leaf. has dull colour like that and this must be for camouflage purposes and the rest. I see nothing wrong with this shot, bro. It is very good and you get full marks from me....smile. Thanks a lot for your comments and thanks a lot for sharing this.....take care...warmest regards/Abid

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-03-23 18:41]

Hello Kapil,
I am amazed at the way this butterfly really does look like a leaf. I have never seen this type of butterfly before, but it is so unique in it's appearance. You managed to capture this image in super fine detail and beautiful natural colors.

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