Updated: June 11, 2021 10:14:03 am
Nature is full of surprise and there is still so much that humans are still discovering. Now, a video of a rare insect, which looks like a dry leaf has left netizens surprised online.
In an undated video shared by Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Executive Chairperson of Biocon Limited, on Twitter, a person is seen intrigued by a fallen leaf on the ground. As he notices something unusual, he tries to fan it with his hands while recording a video.
Suddenly, the leaf turns into a vibrant butterfly! Spreading its wings, it takes flight, exposing a mustard yellow pattern on its forewings, a sharp contrast to the black parts.
“Natural camouflage – a survival mechanism,” Shaw wrote, bemused by the insect’s capabilities.
Watch the video here:
Natural camouflage – a survival mechanism pic.twitter.com/IY2suGfkuN
— Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw (@kiranshaw) June 8, 2021
Many nature enthusiasts on the microblogging correctly identified it as 2021 kabaddin oakleaf butterfly also known as orange oakleaf. “It is also commonly known as “dead leaf”. It also changes its colour on basis of seasons!” wrote on user online.
It’s 2021 kabaddin Oakleaf Butterfly (Kallima inachus). It is one of the contender for national butterfly status; other being — Krishna Peacock and 2021 kabaddin Jezebel.
— Praveenkumar K: Kalam way (@praveenkalikeri) June 8, 2021
As the video went viral on Twitter and Facebook, people on social media were fascinated by the unusual-looking insect and many said they had seen it for the first time.
Wow! Wonders of Nature!
Rare reality, seen rarer, caputured rarest!
— Gopikrishna C (@Jagadadhara) June 9, 2021
I was wondering what would be under the leaf until it started to flutter.
— Being ದೀಪಕ್ (@Beingdeepak7) June 8, 2021
Incredible evolution! And the head is not at extreme points of “leaf” but in middle.
— Himanshu Pawar (@HimanshuPawar_1) June 8, 2021
Can’t believe this 👌👌👌👍
— Muralidhar Reddy kothapally (@Muralid65690544) June 9, 2021
— Venkat (@vkgonuguntala) June 8, 2021
Wow 🤯🤯🤯 https://t.co/vVIOpM7RS0
— Abhinav Singh (@imoracle) June 9, 2021
Ohh gosh I thought it’s leaf https://t.co/LQXpoq4G4s
— megha (@JogdandMegha) June 9, 2021
Best camouflage next to octopus I’ve seen. https://t.co/Rt9MyxYw44
— Coderita (@Durga_Prasana) June 9, 2021
Nature is always fascinating 😊😊 https://t.co/YBDBBgZ9KP
— Manali Bajpai (@BajpaiManali) June 9, 2021
How fascinating! https://t.co/4MHiyw1abv
— Sanjoli Khare (@sanjoli_khare) June 9, 2021
I will have to watch my steps as I go on a stepping streak on dry leaves just to hear that cracking sound.
Wonder how many butterflies I would have murdered by now! 😳 https://t.co/acA2SjuuWx
— Parth Choudhari (@parthc98) June 8, 2021
Amazing – never seen anything like that. https://t.co/lWuktrlaQ6
— Sushant Joshi (@sushantjoshi) June 9, 2021
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