Lilac Beauty – Butterflies of Nigeria

I am happy to present this great example of butterfly camouflage in West Africa. This is Salamis cacta (Lilac beauty). This butterfly is really mistaken for a dried leaf. This is why it has the confidence to perch for long on leaves in disturbed areas of forest. In Omo forest reserve, this butterfly was observed perching at the entrance to the Erin Camp. It only displayed the underside of its wings. Do you know how the upper surface of the wings looked like?



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