Friday, July 31, 2009

Leaf Mimic Month

August is leaf mimic month. Throughout August we will be featuring butterflies that have adaptations that allow them to blend in with their surroundings. Here are some photos of the leaf mimics we will be featuring.

These photos are freely available from wikimedia commons and were not taken at the garden except where noted otherwise. As soon as we have some to post I'll let ya know.

Consul fabius aka "Tiger With Tails" : Many butterflies are brightly colored on one side of their wings but drably camouflaged on the other. This allows them to attract mates when they want to, and hide from predators when they're not active.

Doleschallia bisaltide aka "Autumn Leaf" (taken at LGBG) and a ventral or "underside" view

Kallima inachus
aka "Orange Dead Leaf" A dorsal or upperside view

Salamis anacardii aka "Clouded Mother of Pearl"

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