These Remarkable ‘Flowers’ Mimic Butterflies

Written by Kimberly Mok 

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© Seb Janiak

Mimicry is one of the ways that animals protect themselves from predators, by undergoing certain, adaptive morphological and physiological changes. Insects which are coloured a certain way to blend in with their environment is one example.

In this series titled “Mimesis,” these flowers look like they’ve taken on patterning that closely resembles that of insects and butterflies. Are they real, though? They look real, but it is Paris-based photographer Seb Janiak playfully exploring this beautiful method of survival, using photomontages of insect wings, arranged in eye-catching, petal-like blooms.

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© Seb Janiak

Seb Janiak

© Seb Janiak

According to This Is Colossal, Janiak finds specimens for his works through taxidermists and antique stores. He then photographs them at high resolution, and then digitally manipulates them on the computer into realistic-looking compositions of what initially looks like flowers.

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© Seb Janiak

Seb Janiak

© Seb Janiak

Upon closer inspection, one recognizes familiar butterfly wings which have been translated into new forms — creating a play on the idea and purpose of mimicry. Here, mimicry is not for survival, but to delight the senses with proportion, composition and colour.

Seb Janiak

© Seb Janiak

To do justice to the beauty of the subjects, Janiak’s works come in large formats, as chromogenic prints measuring 70 by 70 inches. Butterfly lovers will get to eat their hearts out; for more, visit Seb Janiak.

This post originally appeared on TreeHugger

88 comments

Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus3 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Jennifer Grant
Jennifer Alvarez3 years ago

These flowers are most beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

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Sarah Hill
Sarah Hill3 years ago

beautiful

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Julia Cabrera-Woscek

IS this for real or just beautiful art?

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Roberto M.
Past Member 3 years ago

THANKS BEAUTIFUL PIC

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Glennis Whitney
Glennis W3 years ago

They are so precious, great article. Thank you for caring and sharing

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Glennis Whitney
Glennis W3 years ago

Such adorable butterflies, such beautiful photos. Just made my day more beautiful. Thank you for caring and sharing

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Glennis Whitney
Glennis W3 years ago

They are all so beautiful. Thank you for caring and sharing

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Rea p.
Rea p3 years ago

beautiful

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Kamia T.
Kamia T3 years ago

Interesting, but sadly, supporting the collection of dead butterflies maybe isn't that great a hobby.

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