Amazing Camouflage


This is not a leaf, it’s a butterfly (photo from Wikimedia Commons)

Native to tropical Asia, the orange oakleaf butterfly (Kallima inachus) is well named. Its underside looks exactly like a leaf when the butterfly closes its wings. It even has wet and dry season forms that correspond to those seasons’ leaves.

It’s amazingly beautiful when it opens its wings.

Orange oakleaf butterfly (photo from Wikimedia Commons)

Watch it become a leaf as it flutters in place.

We have leaf-like butterflies in North America, too. Click to see the ventral and dorsal sides of the goatweed leafwing (Anaea andria). It ranges from southeastern Arizona to southern Ohio.

(photos from Wikimedia Commons; click on the captions to see the originals. video from Red Cache World on YouTube)