Saturday, June 23, 2012


This is an Evening Brown Butterfly, Melanitis leda, a species most active in the early morning and late afternoon. We have seen many of these butterflies around, but this one ended up inside so I decided to take a few photos. I was quite taken by the comical appearance of the face in particular.

The species has excellent camouflage while sitting within dry leaf litter, usually spending periods of inactivity sitting motionless on the forest floor. It has a distinct wet-season and dry season colour form, this is obviously the dry-season form.

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