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Mimicry by Danaid Eggfly Butterfly

Danaid Eggfly is well known for polymorphism and mimicry. In evolutionary biology, mimicry is a similarity of one species to another which protects one or both. Danaid Eggfly closely resembles the Blue Moon Butterfly found in New Zealand. Females are in multiple forms that include male like forms while others resemble toxic butterflies.

Here I present the male Mimic. The spots on the upper-side are bordered in iridescent blue that is visible only at certain angles...




The iridescent blue border is invisible at this angle...


The under-side...


55 comments:

  1. Great images - butterflies aren't easy subjects to get on camera!

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  2. Great captures! It's not easy to get butterflies at all angles. Yet they look so different, sometimes it's imperative for proper identification.

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  3. beautiful; have a nice Thursday

    much love...

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  4. Eye candy.... Fantastic captures for OYGIF!

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  5. Beautiful! I love the captures!

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  6. What a pretty butterfly. I wish we had more around here.

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  7. Gorgeous butterflies, lovely captures! Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Have a happy weekend!

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  8. Wonderful wildlife photography.
    Here is a new photo action
    Maybe you feel like, even to connect a contribution also here
    Nature and to animals, etc. is the thema.
    It would be an enrichment for my new action!
    I would be very happy.
    Google Translater exists.
    Greetings from Germany
    Jutta

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  10. Some really amazing butterflies there. Fabulous.

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  11. He may be copying another, but what a beautiful copy it turned out to be! Gorgeous butterfly and very interesting to read about that,

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  12. Stunning pictures! I wish to get to see such beautiful butterflies some time, too.

    Judith

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  13. Fantastic shots of the butterflies. Have a great week.

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  14. Thank you for sharing these gorgeous photos with Today's Flowers and have a great week :)

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  15. Great captures of this beautiful butterfly.

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  16. Beautiful photos!
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  17. Stunning butterflies!
    :-)
    Traci

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  18. Very nice. Would love if you shared this at my Macro Monday Mixer. The more talent, the better! Also I love insect, they are what I photograph most. http://allthevs.com/macro-monday-mixer-3/
    I found you through Creative Monday. Oh and btw, another atheist here :)

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  19. So pretty, I've yet to spot butterflies on the farm this year yet all their favourite flowers are out! #creativemondays

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  20. They are such clear beautiful photos! How awesome you captured the blue on the wings :)

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  21. It's amazing that you could take such perfect photos from different angles. This butterfly is gorgeous.

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  22. Impressive photos... hard to believe that is the same butterfly. Nice captures.

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  23. So pretty! Wonderful photos!
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  24. Wow such beautiful butterflies!!
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  25. Beautiful. Almost hard to believe it is all the same insect. thanks.

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  26. Wow, looks amazing... Thanks so much for sharing. :)
    Happy Wordless Wednesday!

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  27. Amazing how it that butterfly can go from stunning to plain with just a change in the angle of the light. Beautiful shots!

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  28. Lovely pictures!!!
    The colors are so bright, our girls would love to see such beautiful butterflies.
    Have a great week!

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  29. Thank for these stunning pictures! Wishing you a happy Wordless Wednesday :)

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  30. Thank you for joining us at the Oh My Heartsie Girl Wordless Wednesday! I look forward to seeing you again next week!
    Mary
    Jingle Jangle Jungle

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  31. Just beautiful - Look Up, Look Down Challenge

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  32. Absolutely breathtaking. These don't give me chills like the spiders do.

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  33. Oh, perfectly captured. These are adorable. This post is one of my picks of the week.

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  34. Wonderful photos of the Mimic butterfly on zinnias.

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