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Indian Leaf Butterfly

Indian Leaf Butterfly
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Copyright: NICHOLAS GLEN (nglen) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
Genre: Animals
Média: Couleur
Date de prise de vue: 2007-08-29
Catégories: Insects
Appareil photographique: Olympus SP550UZ
Exposition: f/2.8, 1/40 secondes
Versions: version originale
Date de soumission: 2007-10-04 11:55
Vue: 9485
Points: 60
[Ligne directrice - Note] Note du photographe
Another picture of a Butterfly from our trip to the London Butterfly House. This shows the underside of the Butterfly i will show its more colourful upperside at a later date.

Indian Leaf ( Kallima paralekta ) The Indian Leaf butterfly copies a dead leaf. The upper side of its wings are blue and orange, but when it lands and closes its wings it resembles a dead leaf. It closes its wings, showing a dull brown colour with fine brown lines like the veins of a leaf. The form and colouring of the wings make it hard to recognize the "living brown leaf". It does this to camouflage itself from predators.

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Hello Nicholas,
Nice, almost leaf-shaped exotic butterfly species. You photographed it very well showing natural pose and colours, and original shape (good DOF and details). This is really interesting contribution to biodiversity of Lepidoptera here on TN.
Best regards,

Bonsoir Nicholas
Très belle photographie, dont la netteté est bien réussie.
ce spécimen m'est inconnu, mais ces teintes ont des nuances bien rendues

Hello Nicholas
Very intersting shot of this Indian Leaf Butterfly,Perfect focusing,DOF and lighting,
Superb shot,Welldone.

Good Luck

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-10-04 12:21]
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Hi Nick

It is such a shame that the butterfly house is closing down. It is a lovely place. I love these butterflies that look like leaves. Perfect sharpness, nice colours and great details



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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-10-04 12:31]

Hi Nick,

I'm not sure I have seen an Indian Leaf before. Wonderful capture showing the nice shape and the markings. Nice natural colors.


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-10-04 12:38]

Hi Nick,
a nice shot of this Indian Leaf Butterfly.
I really have to go to this butterlfly house! ;)
+++ Very sharp shot with good details. Brilliant POV clearly showing the extended proboscis. Lovely colours and good lighting.
--- Nothing :)
Well done,

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-10-04 12:45]

What a wonderful specimen and magnificent shot!!
A very rare butterfly scarcely seen, and here you present it with such a marvellous POV, sharpness and wonderful lighting, colors and composition.
Really gorgeous! I love it!
Thank you very much for sharing, Nicholas.

Hello Nick
Youve got a great one here..the green bg compliments perfectly the fine detail that you have captured in the butterflys brown colours...Fantastic Work Nick
All the Best

It most certainly does look like a dried leaf. Very nice picture. Simple in colour yet is important in its part of the kingdom of butterflies eh? Very sharp and naturally colored. I have heard of some butterfly location closing. This is not he one I hope.

Bonjour Nicholas,belle composition mais ce que j'apprécie le plus,c'est l'effet contraste entre le papillon et le bg.Tout beau travail,c'est bien joué.

Hi Nic,
very nice butterfly, good point of view and very sharp shot,
well done,

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-10-04 14:41]

Hi Nicholas
Beautiful composition and image.Good POV and sharp image whit good details.DOD and colors are excellent.
TFS Michel

Hola Nicholas, primero gracias por el consejo de Neatimage.

Tu foto impecable donde destaca una excelente luz. La hoja del primer plano da una vida especial a la fotografía.
Buen encuadre y enfoque.

Saludos Nicholas.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-10-04 16:06]

Hola amigo,
bello trabajo,
espléndida captura y detalles...

Bonjour Nicholas
Une merveilleuse photo que ce Joli papillon,Très belle composition, les couleurs et le cadrage et les détails sont tous très bons.

Bravo et merci...JP

Hi Nichlas,
Nice butterfly disguise :) Sharp well composed photo. TFS

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-10-04 23:11]

Hi Nick

Nice POV with sharp detail and colour. You illustrate the species well.


Hello Nick,
Oh! This is a beuatiful shot, Nick!
Best pov with perfect sharpness, actural colour and so much details in it!
I loved especially the leaf pattern and colour, so sharp that I almost can touch it.
my special compliment to you!

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-10-05 1:54]

Hi Nicholas,
Just marking this shot and will come back later with a proper critique. Completed the urgent assignment and deserve some sleep now.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1001 W: 4 N: 3276] (14759)
  • [2007-10-05 2:49]

Nicholas, Lovely shot and what a clarity. Nice image and great focus. Ganesh

Hi Nicholas,
Excellent detail and fine color. Grand exposure. Very well captured.


Great exposure, detail, color, and POV Nicholas. I like the green contrasting BG and the patterns/colors of the leaf it's perched on.
Well done!

Hello Nick,

It doesn't surprise me that it is called a leaf butterfly, it just looks like a leaf!

Very sharp capture with excellent details of the wings and the leaf!

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-10-05 5:05]

Hi Nick

A true specialist of the camouflage, this butterfly looks terrific in your photo here!
The sharp and colors really makes it look like a leaf and you did great to integrate part of the surrounding to enhance that resembalnce.
Very nice sharp details especially around the head, very good esposure and charming diagonal composition, too.

Bravo and TFS

Wonderful image - great detail - I especially like the clearness of the proboscis. Those little butterfly faces fascinate me! ;)

Dear Nicholas, Nice shape of wings, nice beld of colours with the background and the leaf. Truly camouflaged. Very nice shot and collection. TFS. with best regards.vab.

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-10-05 12:19]

I love the details in the upper wings and the tremble of life in the lower onces!
superb composition with perfect gentle colours

Dear Nicholas,
what a nice shot of this very beautiful master of mimicry. Great details and sharpness. Also POV/DOF, lighting, composition very nice. Green BG also very well. TFS
have a nice weekend.

Hi Nick,
Is this truly an Indian. Well I haven't one till now. It is my bad luck. Excellent details and very nice composed shot. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3423 W: 173 N: 3309] (10940)
  • [2007-10-06 7:08]

Hello Nick,
I think this is one of the most fascinating butterflies as they're totally camouflaged underneath and so bright and beautiful on the upper side. This is an excellent capture of the underside showing sharp details and I like the rolled-up proboscis! Nice contrasting background and a fine composition too.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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