Nature: Butterflies and Moths

Leaf Butterfly 枯叶蝶 – Kallima (Family Nymphalidae, Brush-footed Butterfly)

In India flies the most wonderful disappearer of all the butterflies, the Leaf Butterfly. It flies gaily along the sunlight, flashing its beautiful blue, white and black wings, a perfect target for any bird. So a bird dives at it, and it magically vanishes! Where it was there is a dead leaf hanging on the slender branch of a bush or tree. This leaf is so perfectly like other leaves, even fluttering a little in the breeze, with its stem tight against the branch, that you too would look at it again and again and never realize it was a butterfly. The butterfly has simply folded its beautiful wings tightly together and clung onto the branch so that you see only the leaf-like underside.

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