Tuesday, August 16, 2011

glasswing

Today I saw the prettiest thing ever. Amazing how I have lived 21 years without knowing the existence of this miraculous creature.

 
Picture source: http://pixdaus.com

The Glasswinged butterfly (Greta oto) is a brush-footed butterfly. The wings are translucent, with a wingspan of 5.6 to 6.1 cm.

Its most common English name is glasswinged butterfly, and its Spanish name is "espejitos", which means "little mirrors." Indeed, the tissue between the veins of its wings looks like glass, as it lacks the coloured scales found in other butterflies.

The opaque borders of its wings are dark brown sometimes tinted with red or orange, and its body is dark in colour. (Source: Wikipedia)

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What’s amazing is how such a tiny, precious and dainty creature could survive on its on in the wild. It gives me hope.

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