Nature's Camouflage

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    A butterfly blends in with the leaves at the Grapevine Botanical Gardens on March 16, 2011. Large Size

    The butterfly is a Goatweed Leafwing (Anaea andria). I did see it in flight briefly and the upperside of wings were mostly orange. I had never seen this species in the DFW area before; or perhaps I saw it at a distance and always assumed it was a Comma or Question Mark.

    Red~Star, Sangeetha Shanmugam, and 8 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. panda_orchid 48 months ago | reply

      nice capture!

    2. Canadian Wendy 24 taking the summer off 48 months ago | reply

      that is amazing camouflage, great catch Ken!!!

    3. EoinGardiner 48 months ago | reply

      What an amazing species, incredible camouflage. Great shot Ken.

    4. Shutter_Hand 48 months ago | reply

      Beautiful butterfly, blends in perfectly.

    5. Sinkha63 48 months ago | reply

      Beautiful butterfly, superb colors!

    6. raggi di sole 48 months ago | reply

      Wonderful shot, Ken - it's well camouflaged there against the leaf litter

    7. Don Delaney 48 months ago | reply

      great capture ken. I love the colours and light.

    8. PC Schroeder 48 months ago | reply

      Very interesting, good shot.

    9. M.D.Parr 48 months ago | reply

      Great capture, incredible camouflage!

    10. PerAnd1 48 months ago | reply

      This is photo art Ken !

    11. kimsin801 48 months ago | reply

      Almost invisible....great finding!!!!

    12. Eiderdrake. 48 months ago | reply

      Nice one Ken, you did so well to spot it in the first place. Beautifully captured as usual, good stuff...

    13. pieceoflace photography 48 months ago | reply

      Good morning Ken...beautiful shot and capture of this unique butterfly and nice setting for it. I hope you are well and have a truly nice day.

      PS...Goatweed for sure.

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    15. AlexCortz 48 months ago | reply

      Thanks. I learn from your beautiful photos.

    16. PhotonFreak 48 months ago | reply

      Very nice shot of the leafwing here, they are super hard to get close to very skittish butterflies

    17. Vicki's Nature 47 months ago | reply

      Very cool! I've never seen one. I got a brown lifer recently - brown on brown (dirt) too but terrible shots. It's an elfin. I'm trying to figure out if it's Henry's (most common here) or what.

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