The Autumn Leaf, Doleschallia bisaltide

Autumn Leaf

The Autumn Leaf is a common butterfly in southeast Asia and Australia. Adults have a fast flight and can be found in rainforest clearings and along roads.

When at rest with their wings closed, the Autumn Leaf bears a striking resemblance to a dried, brown leaf, complete with spots that look like mould or galls. The dorsal surface is orange edged with black. Both sexes look similar and wing span measures 7 cm.

The caterpillars are black with white spots and branched black spines. They feed at night on plants of the Acanthaceae family. During the day they hide on the ground in plant debris.

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