Butterflies – Orange Dead Leaf – Kalima inachus
Photographed at the Butterfly exhibit in the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga, Tennessee in 2011.
The Leaf Butterflies or Dead Leaf Butterflies, as they are also called, are brush-footed butterflies (Nymphalidae) occur naturally in the tropical forest regions of India through to Japan. They rely heavily on their camouflage appearance and, whether in the trees or fallen onto the ground, their shape and their dorsal coloration allows them to blend in well in the trees or on the muddy or dry ground. They have two generations per year generally coinciding with the dry season and the wet season.