The buckeye gives itself away when it opens it wings. But with wings closed, it resembles a fallen leaf–excellent camouflage.

I was 35 miles inland, walking on a country road with my camera, bemoaning the fact that there were no butterflies about. I was close to giving up when I spotted some movement, perhaps, an alligator lizard. Then the beauty of a buckeye butterfly unfolded. With its wings closed, the buckeye exhibits excellent camouflage, but when they’re opened…not so much.

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