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Glasswinged butterfly (Greta Oto) closeup in butterfly park "Vlinders aan de Vliet", Netherlands. A similar photo to the one shared before, and it really is the same butterfly. Yet in the meantime it flew off and landed on a different spot, in a similar position. This time I was able to get much closer, capturing more detail of its fabulous wings. You can clearly see how the light of the flash is reflected into a rainbow-like pattern. This effect is much more stunning when you actually see it fly, it's almost like a fairytale experience.  Europe,Glasswinged butterfly,Greta oto,Leidschedam,Macro,Netherlands,Vlinders aan de Vliet Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Glasswinged butterfly (Greta Oto) closeup in butterfly park "Vlinders aan de Vliet", Netherlands.

A similar photo to the one shared before, and it really is the same butterfly. Yet in the meantime it flew off and landed on a different spot, in a similar position. This time I was able to get much closer, capturing more detail of its fabulous wings. You can clearly see how the light of the flash is reflected into a rainbow-like pattern. This effect is much more stunning when you actually see it fly, it's almost like a fairytale experience.

    comments (5)

  1. Absolutely beautiful, love the iridescence in its wings, superb shot. Posted 4 years ago
  2. From today's JungleDragon Facebook post:

    "These delicate beauties look like they are part of an internet hoax, or else straight out of a fairytale. But, the glasswing butterfly (Greta oto) is quite real, and is known for its unique, transparent wings that give it superior camouflage without relying on fancy colors or patterns. The tissue in their wings looks like glass and allows light to pass right through. These clear wings make it extremely difficult for predators to track and catch them. The wing tissues that produce this transparency are quite extraordinary and are contrary to the basic instincts of nature. The nanostructures on the wings are completely random and scattered, without any regard to size, uniformity, or structure. So, this means that their wings have low absorption of visible light, and that they barely reflect any light at all. The majority of the light passes right through the wing, completely unhindered by the surface. Their remarkable feature of transparency relies on chaos! {Spotted by JungleDragon founder, Ferdy Christant} #JungleDragon"
    Posted 8 months ago
    1. Awesome post, you're such a great writer. Posted 7 months ago
      1. Thanks Ferdy :) Posted 7 months ago
  3. Precious iridescent wings! Posted 8 months ago

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''Greta oto'' is a brush-footed butterfly, and is a member of the subfamily Danainae, tribe Ithomiini, subtribe Godyridina.

''G. oto'' adults also exhibit a number of interesting behaviors, such as long migrations and lekking among males.

Similar species: Moths And Butterflies
Species identified by fchristant
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Uploaded Aug 5, 2014. Captured May 29, 2014 11:25.
  • NIKON D800
  • f/3.3
  • 1/60s
  • ISO100
  • 105mm