Charleston Harbor Deepening Awaits Approval from Congress

Charleston Harbor waiting authorization from Congress for deepening.

Strange Species: The Leaf Butterfly

Strange Species: The Leaf Butterfly

The Kallima inachus, also known as ‘the leaf butterfly,’ belongs to the order Lepidoptera and is a member of the Nymphalidae Familia and is known for having an underside with a striking resemblance to a leaf, bearing leaf-like veins and leaf-like fungal growths, while its topside is very bright and colorful. While in flight the leaf butterflies are very eye catching with their colorful and erratic flight patterns. However, when the butterfly lands and settles, it closes its wings so that the leaf-like underside is visible and it slowly adjusts to the breeze as if it were a leaf, thus camouflaging itself from birds and other predators. The leaf butterfly is native to the tropical regions of India and Asia and feasts on leaves as a caterpillar and plant sap and flower nectar as a butterfly.

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