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Glasswing Trio

Glasswing Trio
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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-01-02
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot SX110IS
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Guatemala & Belize
Theme(s): Three of A Kind, Butterflies & Moths [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-01-19 20:49
Viewed: 4522
Points: 34
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Glasswing Butterflies
Greta Oto

This species of Ithomiinae is native to Central America. Its distribution ranges from Mexico to Panama. Although they are common, at first they are difficult to see because of their transparent wings. This effect gives it the common name: Glasswing. In nature the transparent effect provides excellent camouflage.

Interesting facts about Glasswing Butterflies:

Because this butterfly's wings are transparent, it blends into its background, thus is particularly difficult to spot in the wild. The tissue between the wing's veins looks like the panes of a little glass window.

It's hard to believe that these beautiful glasswing butterflies could have metamorphosized from a caterpillar, especially an ugly one that looks like a hairy centipede. Yet if it was not for these leaf munching machines there would be no adult butterflies.

Glasswing butterflies can carry up to 40 times their body weight.

Another interesting facts about butterflies in general, and glasswings in particular, is that they taste, through their 6 legs.

Top speed for a glasswing is about 8 mph. 12 km/hr.


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Hallo Manyee
What a delightful threesome, each one a beauty on its own. These Glasswing butterflies surely have some lovely features and is well seen especially the one at the bottom. I just love the almost metallic tint, lined by the orange and black markings. It is a dainty insect that looks very brittle and the words "Fragile, handle with care" is written across this lovely image. Although tiny, the details of the eyes are well seen, which proof your talent as a good photographer. Thanks for sharing and have a lovely day.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-01-19 22:35]

Hello Manyee,
A fine capture of three Glasswings.
The use of flash has provided a contrasting dark BG and shows the iridescence of the wings of the closest and lowest. Nice to see these in the wild and not a butterfly farm.

Hi Manyee,
Fantastic trio, great focus, sharpness and details on the lowest b-fly. I especially like the contrast between the black back- and the bright foreground + the insects. As composition, it's simple, but why overdo things if / when simplicity works? A minimalistic masterpiece, congrats and tfs.
Best regards from Hungary (Europe), László

Hi Manyee,

Twins of them are having a "closer" chat and one of them seems a little bit "angry" :)

Very nice shot. Bravo and TFS.


Hi Manyee
A good capture of three Glasswings. Nice use of flash on this shot give you dark BG and fine details and colours.

Ciao Manyee, fantastic trio of splendid butterflies with trasparent wings, wonderful colors, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

What a great opportunity well taken.
A lovely capture Manyee.

these species are not found in our place. fantastic species.

Hi, Manyee.
Fine kompsotion of the three butterflies, with the black BG


hello Manyee
great composition of the beauty,s
great sharpness and beautiful colours
greeting lou

Beautiful composition with nice colors and details.Well done.
Best regards.Alin.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-01-20 5:52]

Hello Manyee,
I've only seen and photographed these Glasswings in a butterfly garden. Three in one photo is very special. beautiful colours in great contrast against the dark BG. Good sharpness and composition.

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-01-20 7:07]

Wonderful this trio capture!
Details and colors are great!

Hello Manyee, Superb close up of these beautiful glasswing butterflies. Great composition and details.
TFS and regards,

Hi Manyee

Ah these bring back memories, its a great place to visit and these are amazing butterflies. Nice composition and exposure.


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-01-21 4:32]

Hi Manyee,
first of all thanks for visitng my post. I have seen your photos so much they are beautiful and exciting with splendid composition and skills.
this one is so excellent in its colours rendition and composition.what a breathtaking and a stunning findings. You have presented it very well. Sharp and details with all the features seen.
Very special subjects and to me it is so unique to have seen a transparent wing.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-01-21 9:21]

Hello Manyee,
How I'd love to see this species in real life!! But for now I'm delighted to look at your superb image showing three in one pic!!
Fantastic details and colours that stand out against the black background. A lovely composition. Very well done!
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2010-01-21 12:55]

Dear Manyee!

I'm delighted and impressed by the beauty of this picture and the superb butterflies it shows. It's an mazing ballet of strange and fascinating creatures, so well put on stage. The dark backround highlights the colours and the shape of the butterflies at best. I also like your interesting notes.

Kind regards


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