Doleschallia bisaltide, commonly known as the autumn leaf, is a nymphalid butterfly found in South Asia, Southeast Asia, and Australasia. In Australia they are also known as leafwing.
Doleschallia is a genus of butterflies of the subfamily Nymphalinae in the family Nymphalidae.With their wings closed Doleschallia resemble dead leaves. Another Indo-Australian genus Kallima, and the African genera Kamilla, Mallika and Kallimoides are collectively known as Dead Leaf butterflies. They are have a produced wing apex, and the hindwing tornus is extended and forms a short tail. This shape, together with the dead-leaf colouration, complete with a "midrib", and markings which resemble patches of mould and leaf galls gives the butterfly a remarkable resemblance to an attached or fallen dead leaf.
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