Monday, October 26, 2015

The Autumn Leaf Butterfly is back

Resembling a leaf - the Autumn Leaf Butterfly
Zone C

 The Autumn Leaf Butterfly is seen today after a long absence.  I chased it for a while and stopped after it flew desperately for cover.  But should it?  This butterfly has cryptic or concealing patterns.  The underside is a look-alike of a dead leaf with even a resembling 'mid-rib'.  When it settled on the variegated hibiscus plant I took the opportunity to get some good shots of it.  From a distance or even at closer range it camouflages as a leaf, thus the name 'leaf butterfly'.  They come in various forms with slightly different leaf patterns.
Autumn Leaf Butterfly - Doleschalia bisatide
Zone C

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