Surprises in Nature

Challenge #157 in the Life in the Natural World series. Hosted by RuthC.
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In this nature challenge, show the viewers something you have found which is beautiful, interesting, in an unexpected place, or makes you pause and wonder at it. Perhaps it is a flowering plant growing in a sidewalk, (footpath), an insect on a flower, where you didn't expect it to be, wave patterns in the sand, a 'face' in the bark of a tree.... There should be an element of surprise in your entry, so the viewer is able to enjoy that moment too. Macro and close-ups welcome. Please, no humans, domestic pets, and minimal man-made structures. Size of entry: 1,600px MAXIMUM on the longer side.
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Elephant Butterfly
by RustM
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While hiking near a waterfall in Thailand, I came across this butterfly resting on the trunk of a tree. It was the most unusual insect I have ever seen and very hard to find information about it.
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Submitted: Tuesday, 30th June, 2015 02:27 (GMT)
Taken: Tuesday, 14th July, 2009
Focal length: 29.2 mm
Shutter speed: 1/60 sec
Aperture: F4.1
ISO: 50
Notes: Taken with built-in camera flash. No adjustments made.
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