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Indian Leaf Butterfly

Indian Leaf Butterfly
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Copyright: LOVISH GARLANI (LOVISHGARLANI) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 49 W: 0 N: 44] (572)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-06-17
Categories: Insects
Camera: Fuji Flim_S2950
Exposure: f/5.5
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-03-11 2:24
Viewed: 3494
Points: 38
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The Indian leaf butterfly (Kallima
inachus), also known as the "dead
leaf" or the "orange leaf
butterfly," has the ability to
disguise itself in a pile of leaves.
The butterfly's unusual
appearance and wing coloring
make it look like a dead leaf.
When the butterfly alights on a
branch, it blends in with the tree's

The interior wings of the Indian
leaf butterfly exhibit brilliant
sapphire shades with brightI
orange. The outer portion of the
wings have dull brown and tan
coloring that enable the butterfly
to camouflage itself amid dead or
dying leaves. When the butterfly
feels threatened, it will fold its
wings tightly together to give
predators the impression that it
is a simple leaf. Each butterfly
has its own individual coloring
and patterns that differ slightly
from each other.

Origin and Habitat--
The Indian leaf butterfly is found
in parts of Asia, Japan and India.
It predominately lives in lush
tropical forests, but has been
known to venture out of its
region on occasion. The butterfly
has the distinctive ability to alter
its colors with the seasons.
During the dry season, the brown
of the butterfly turns dull, and
during the rainy season, its
colors become deeper and darker.
It boasts a wingspan of up to 3
inches. The butterfly usually
spends its days resting on trees
or plants.

The adult Indian leaf butterfly
forages the floor of the rain
forest in search of rotting fruit,
which it consumes; they will
also eat sap. The larvae of the
butterfly feeds only on the
foliage of trees or shrubs. After
the rainy season, usually from
April to June, the adult
butterflies breed, and they will
breed again during the wet
season. Two generations of
larvae occur each year. The
female butterfly lays her eggs on
a host plant that she feels
confident will feed the larvae
until they pupate into an adult.

Birds often hunt the Indian leaf
butterfly. The butterfly will fly
in an unpredictable pattern to
evade the predator and alight
onto a tree or pile of leaves to
hide. Upon landing, the butterfly
will fold up its wings and hold
still to blend in with the leaves.
If the predator comes too close to
the resting butterfly, it will burst
into flight. The butterfly's rapid
and erratic flight patterns often
confuse the bird and give the
butterfly a chance to escape. The
butterfly usually avoids flying in
the open unless necessary.

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Hello Lovish,
Beautiful picture of this alive 'Dead leaf' butterfly.Nice sharpness and natural colour.Its colour helps it to hibernate.
It is very difficult to understand whether it is a leaf or a butterfly.
Thanks for sharing,
Kind regards,

Hello Srikumar.
You have captured a fascinating camouflage of the leaf butterfly. The shape is truly amazing under fine light and details. I wonder if we can spot this among dry leaves.
Thanks and have a nice day,

照的很清晰 光線揉合美麗
我也知道它是蟲子 不過看你這用心

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  • IronM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 3 N: 345] (2608)
  • [2013-03-11 5:01]

Hi Lovish,
what an amazing spicies you caught, the Nature is truly a great magician ! Outstanding details !
Thanks for sharing !
Best regards !

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  • senn Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 2 N: 155] (1384)
  • [2013-03-11 5:32]

precious capture of this pretty rare species;.. detail is interesting and, expo and colour rendering are great; .. TFS


Hello Lovish,
great capture of this spectacular species with good sharpness and nice details. Perfect camouflage. I had to search a while to find out what is up and what is down. Maybe a 90 rotation to the left and a vertical format would make it easier to realize what it is like. I have googled more pictures of this species and I was surprised how colourful the upperside of the wings are.
Best wishes,

Hello Lovish,
Nice presentation with excellent sharp details and clarity,well done.
Best wishes.

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 233 W: 1 N: 534] (5797)
  • [2013-03-11 5:56]

It is an amaizing species. Congratulation and thankyou for sharing it. Saludos.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2013-03-11 7:21]

Wonderful species..so perfectly leaf like..well captured. tfs.

an outstanding image of this Indian leaf butterfly.
great clarity, colour and good composition.
best wishes,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2013-03-11 8:26]

Hello Lovish,
A great capture of the Indian Leaf Butterfly, showing its camouflage potential in the closed wing position. Fine sharpness, natural colours, contrasting BG and a great composition.
Thanks and best regards,

hallo Lovish
super good sharpness picture
great details and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5136 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-03-11 12:37]

Hello Lovish,
Interesting photo of this Indian Leaf Butterfly. Splendid natural camouflaged colours and excellent sharpness. You managed an attractive diagonal composition.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6473 W: 89 N: 15608] (65291)
  • [2013-03-11 15:37]

Hi Lovish,magnificent camouflage and very interesting specie,not common to see on TN,great quality too of details and colors and excellent exposure,i like it!Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Hello Lovish,
Where is it? I see only leaves ...
I'm sure I would gone close without seeing it.
It's a very good picture but I admire above all your eye.
Tfs, Philippe.

Ciao Lovish, great macro of fantastic butterfly like a leaf, wonderful natural colors, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Amazing butterfly and impressive photo Lovish! Very good composition, wonderful lighting and impressive sharpness.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2752 W: 280 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2013-03-14 16:10]

Hello Lovish,
What a unique looking butterfly that really does look exactly like a dead leaf. You have captured it perfectly, allowing us to view it in exceptional detail and beautiful natural colors. Great work!!

HI Lovish,
Really a rare capture. Very sharp and colorful.
Thanks for sharing

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