Incredible Photos of the Beautiful Glasswinged Butterfly

Have you ever seen a glasswinged butterfly (Greta oto)? You might think that this creature is a figment of one's imagination, perhaps a Photoshopped composite shot of a butterfly blending into a serene setting, but the truth is that it exists! The aptly named insect is a brush-footed (or four-footed) butterfly whose wings appear to be made of glass, though they're not. The tissue within their wings lack the usually colorful pigments found in other butterflies; thus, they have a glassy, transparent appearance.

Found primarily in Central America (Mexico through Panama), the glasswinged butterfly's name in Spanish is Espejitos which translates as little mirrors. In certain lights, the translucent wing parts have a glossy, almost reflective quality to them that makes their Spanish name effectively accurate. Whether they're seen as glass or mirrors, though, there's something absolutely fascinating about the way these butterflies' wings offer a surreal look at the environment around the insect. It's like they're tiny ornaments designed to draw the eye to the scenic appeal of nature.


Photo credits: [Farrukh, David Fre, Eddy Van 3000, Ashley Cohen, Kal Ahmed, Sophie L. Miller, Ralph Stewart, Paul Gallo, nondesigner59, Paul Wyman, crayolamom, Linda De Volder]
via [Gaks]

Pinar

Pinar Noorata is the Managing Editor at My Modern Met. She is a writer, editor, and content creator based in Brooklyn, NY. She earned her BA in Film and Media Studies from CUNY Hunter College and is an alumni of the Center for Arts Education’s Career Development Program in NYC. She has worked at NBC Universal, Penguin Books, and the Tribeca Film Festival as well as many other independent media companies. When she isn’t writing, editing, or creating videos herself, Pinar enjoys watching movies—anything from foreign art house films to mainstream blockbusters.
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