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Something rather beautiful fluttered by.

14 March 2014

A large, striking butterfly - the Green Veined Emporer.

Jana's quick reactions and a macro lens allow us to see in fabulous detail where this creature gets it's name. The splash colouration on the underside of the wings blend in marvelously to dead foliage and tree bark.

When the light hits the upper side we can see a bright gold patterning blending to burning oranges and reds. The twin tails are a deflection defense causing a predator to bite the wrong end having mistaken them for antennae - the butterfly flies off short a tail but alive.

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