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Blue Oak Leaf

Blue Oak Leaf
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Copyright: arun tp (aruntp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 590 W: 1 N: 357] (5379)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-01-10
Categories: Insects
Camera: Fujifilm Finepix F 500 EXR
Exposure: f/6.0, 1/280 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-01-20 22:56
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Points: 34
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Name : Blue Oak Leaf
Scientific Name : Kalima horsfieldii

The South Indian Blue Oakleaf (Kallima horsfieldii) is a nymphalid butterfly found in India. The underside appears like a leaf complete with midrib while the upperside is brilliantly coloured.

Males and females indigo-blue. Fore wing; with a broad, oblique, slightly curved, sinuous-edged, pale blue band, turning to white on the anterior half; the distance measured on the costa of the outer edge of thin band greater than half the length of the wing from the base; its inner margin bordered by short, obliquely-placed, detached linear black markings; apical area beyond the band jet-black, with a preapical whites spot; medial hyaline spots, the lower varying in size, in interspaces 2 and 3. Hind wing uniform, the costa and apex broadly and the abdominal fold brown ; vein 1 with long soft greyish-brown hairs along its length,extending also over the abdominal fold. Fore and hind wings as in Kallima inachus, with a dark brown subterminal zigzag line, commencing below vein 3 on the fore wing.

Underside as in Kallima inachus simulating a dry leaf, but the resemblance on the whole is perhaps less perfect. Antennae dark brown; head, thorax and abdomen very dark greenish brown; beneath, the palpi, thorax and abdomen ochraceous earthy brown.

Wet season Form

Males and females similar. Differs in the colour of the discal band on the upperside of the forewing; this is of a uniform pale blue of a slightly lighter or darker shade, varying individually, but not turning to white towards the costal margin as in the dry-season specimens. Underside: ground-colour on the whole darker than in the dry-season form, but with the same protective colouring.[1]

Wing expanse 84-120mm.

Ceylon dry-season specimens range the largest, but are otherwise indistinguishable from specimens from the Nilgiris in the British Museum collection, while specimens of the small wet-season form from Ceylon are absolutely identical with specimens of K. wardi Moore, regarded by the author himself as the wet-season form of K. horsfieldi. Again, the type of K. alompra Moore, is now in the British Museum, and in shades of colour and in markings it is absolutely inseparable from many specimens of the wet-season form of horsfieldii as are also the two specimens in the Hewitsonian collection mentioned by Moore, and a specimen from ; East Pegu, collected by Doherty, in the Godman-Salvin collection.


Western Ghats from Bombay southwards; Ceylon; Burma; Tenasserim.

Status : Rarely found butterfly and is found around Evergreen/Decidious or Riparian patches in dense forest area.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2013-01-20 23:56]

Hello Arun
excellent collage depicting the features and details of the butterfly.
well presented shot with excellent work.


Ciao Arun, great collage of fantastic butterfly, like a leaf with closed wings, bright colors with other face, in each photo fine details and splenddi sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Arun
Nicely documented transformation.
Good detail and light.
Beautiful butterfly
regards yiannis

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2013-01-21 6:10]

Wow, this is great to find lovely Oak leaf like this, good collage showing the closed and opened wings, what colors. tfs.

This 4 picture collage brings forth different aspects of this very interesting butterfly that has been named very aptly for the leaf shape as seen in the first picture of the composition, Arun.
Wonderful presentation with clear and crisp images.

hello Arun
4x great shots with good details and great sharpness
the colours are beautiful
i like this butterfly
thanks greeting lou

真是用心 還有分解的動作
謝謝你拉 有開了一次眼界

Hello Arun

WOW ! and LOL ! because first i taught it was
a leaf then i realized that it is a butterfly,
beautiful species of this butterfly with its form
and color tones, lovely light on every photo, TFS


Hello Arun,
Beautiful spices and you have displayed with nice details.
TFS and my regards,

Hello Arun,
If this image was not 4 combined photos, I would not believe what I just saw! Absolutely fantastic my friend. From the perfect camouflage to the most beautiful Butterfly with distinctive soft, yet clear fantastic colours. Excellent POV taken against the darker BG. Great work!
Best regards,

Hello Arun,
Just have watched your picture.You have made a nice collage.I haven't seen "Leaf" like butterfly before.Looking I am in the lap of mother nature where perfect light,sharpness and POV.Thanks for sharing,
Kind regards,

Hi Arun,
nice composition. I like this collage. Perfect point of view.
Have a nice evening,

A very glorius looking butterfly Arun. Nice presentation showing the wing stages. Great focus and framing of each. Well done! TFS Trevor

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-01-21 15:27]

H Arun,magnificent idea this collage whit the different wings position of this spectacular specie! Great idea and great details and colors,it's nice to see something to different,i like it!Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Ciao Arun. Inteersting collage here! Excellent details Amazing colours. Well done.


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  • mamcg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 333 W: 13 N: 91] (9843)
  • [2013-01-22 21:46]

The beautiful way of collage to show in steps..

wow, simply magnific this butterfly, what a difference,

congrats Arun for the pictures,

ciao, tino

nice image. beautifully placed images. tfs.

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