The Most Beautiful Glasswinged Butterfly
The gorgeous Greta oto, also known as the Glasswinged butterfly, is an enchanting species that confounds science. This butterfly’s claim to fame is that its wings are essentially completely transparent. That’s correct, you can see just about right through them.
Greta oto is a beautiful butterfly. Their wings are translucent – and their wingspan approximately 5.6 to 6.1 centimeter (2.2 to 2.4 inches).
This photo of this transparent butterfly was taken with a 90mm macro lens within a butterfly house. You can see the wonderfully colorful background right through the wings that appear as glass.
The nickname “Glasswinged butterfly” comes from the tissue between the veins of its wings looking like glass. These veins lack the colored scales found in other butterflies.
In Spanish, the Glasswinged butterfly is translated into “espejitos.” Espejitos means “little mirrors.”
This butterfly can be found within ‘Butterfly Paradise’ at the London Zoo. People from around the world have been able to see this wonderously beautiful butterfly on display since the exhibit opened in 2006.
There is also a caterpillar hatchery and cocoon display cabinet within Butterfly Paradise. Visitors can witness the development and hatching of even more of these wonders of the world!
The Greta Oto (Glasswing Butterfly) is one of the most abundant species of butterfly in Costa Rica. 64 different migrations of this butterfly make their way across Costa Rica over a year. One of these Glasswing Butterflies may travel as far as 12km in a single day while migrating.
This photo was shot in the butterfly exhibit at the Washington DC Smithsonian museum of natural history. It beautifully contrasts the pink flowers laying behind it as it stands on tile.
The Greta Oto (Glasswing Butterfly) is surprisingly one of the most abundant species of butterfly in Costa Rica! 64 different migrations make their way across the area. It can be seen all year long
One of these Glasswing Butterflies may travel as far as 12km in a single day while migrating!
These two butterflies have landed upon a plant and have been photographed to beautifully demonstrate the distinct beauty of their wings. The rare transparency of the wings is certainly a sight to be seen.