Amazing Creature: The Glasswing Butterfly

Today I received the following e-mail from my auntie:

Glasswing Butterfly of South America:A butterfly with transparent wings is rare and beautiful.

As delicate as finely blown glass, the presence of this rare tropical gem is used by rain forest ecologists as an indication of high habitat quality and its demise alerts them of ecological change.

Rivaling the refined beauty of a stained glass window, the translucent wings of the Glasswing Butterfly shimmer in the sunlight like polished panes of turquoise, orange, green, and red.

All things beautiful do not have to be full of color to be noticed; in life that which is unnoticed has the most power.

I didn’t know if these butterflies were real, and I didn’t really understand the last sentence of the e-mail, but I googled this butterfly anyways and came up with the following images and description of this remarkable insect:

“glasswing butterfly (greta oto) is a brush-footed butterfly where its wings are transparent. the tissue between the veins of its wings looks like glass. they are found in the range which extends throughout central america into mexico.”

Thanks, Jane!

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5 thoughts on “Amazing Creature: The Glasswing Butterfly

  1. Thank you for these glorious pictures. Most of us would never ever get to see this in our lives or ever know that it exists.

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