Sunday, April 20, 2008

Transparent Butterfly Photos

It comes from Central America and is found from Mexico to Panama. It is quite common in its zone, but it not easy to find because of its transparent wings, which is a natural camouflage mechanism.

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.

Really something isn't it?


radar446 said...

Oooh, these are very cool.  Interesting to see something that is normally so colorful blending in with the surroundings.


nhd106 said...

Cool indeed!!!

thanks for this.


rdautumnsage said...

Beautiful creatures! These are absolutely the coolest. (Hugs) Indigo

gehi6 said...

Now I have seen everything,  in a butterfly that is. Very nice photos, too.  Gerry