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Taken 11-Mar-13
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Tiger Leafwing

The habitats of this species are diverse, and include deciduous forest, rainforest and cloudforest, at elevations between sea level and about 1200m. It can be found along forest edges and wide sunny forest tracks, and along the banks of rivers and lagoons.
Tiger Leafwings (Consul Fabius) feed at rotting fruit on the forest floor.

Species which are noxious to birds generally have bright aposematic warning colours on both wing surfaces, although the colours on the underside are usually less bright. On the other hand species that are palatable tend to rely on camouflage to protect them when they are at rest. These species typically have underside patterns that simulate dead leaves. In the case of Consul fabius the dead-leaf appearance is enhanced by the marbled pattern and jagged wing shape.