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Three Amigos

Three Amigos
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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): Butterflies & Moths [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-02-12 11:03
Viewed: 6665
Points: 40
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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.

This photo was taken in a butterfly farm.


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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-02-12 11:08]

Hi Manyee
Waw...three great capture!
Wonderful my friend!
I like that !
Congratulation for this beauty!

hello Manyee!
great capture of these butterflies with transparent wings ...
Another excellent macro in the discovery of this beautiful land of Belize
thanks ciao sERGIO

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-02-12 11:14]

Hi Manyee. You were so lucky to get all three glass wings in the same frame. Taken with good detail and bright colours. The shaow up so well against the darker BG. All with interesting notes. well taken TFs.


What a great chance to have this opportunity:tree on the same time!

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-02-12 11:33]

Hello Manyee
A species of butterfly I never seen before.
Thanks for sharing this beauty

Hello Manyee,
Wonderful capture with great details and very good sharpness.
The composition and blurred BG are superb. Lovely POV.

Hi Manyee,

Since I have seen first time this B'fly on this site, I ever admire it. You have done very very well this. Bravo and TFS.

With my best regards

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-02-12 14:22]

Hi Manyee,this is a fantastic gift to a butterflies fan like me..you was lucky to meet a group of beauties like that...i'm jealuos..ehehe...wonderful photographic composition at the top of quality!My greats compliments,have a nice weekend,Luciano.

This is an amazing picture of three Glasswings, Manyee.
Glasswings are, without any doubt, the most fascinating butterflies in the world and your picture brings forth all the fine details of this species in this well managed image.
Thanks for sharing this valuable photo document.
Best regards.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2010-02-12 17:58]

Hola Manyee.
Three Amigos eh? Wow Like the name in Spanish
Beautiful Butterflys with a lot of fine details on their wings. Like the BG also.

Bonsoir Manyee
Félicitation pour cette très jolie prise de vue . C'est vraiment de beaux papillons et les couleurs sont justes,ainsi que la netteté et les détails.On croirait voir des mosaique sur leurs ailes

Merci pour l'envoie et Bravo....JP

Hello Manyee !
These butterflies are really beautiful, with their translucent wings, and you have maaged to make an excellent capture. Beauiful details, great use of your flash, bautiful composition, and a POV that works well. Very well done !

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-02-13 2:24]

Hello Manyee,
A great capture of these Glasswings looking so wonderful and elegant! Excellent details and beautiful colours and your flash worked really well here. A grat composition too.
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

Hello Manyee,
An excellent photo with flash light very well managed. Colors very loyal to the natives. Excellent cut square to compose beautiful arrangement. I see you've had luck with these butterflies, we have them here in Venezuela, but I have not been able to photograph them because they are very restless. Good work. TFS

Ciao Manyee, fantastic trio of wonderful butterflies with traspartent wings, superb sharpness, splendid colors and fine details, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-02-13 3:34]

Hello Manyee,
Beautiful photo of these Glasswings in very nice colours. Good sharpness. Excellent composition and dark OOF BG.

HI Manyee,
congrats - you captured a fantastic and special moment.
To see 3 of them together is amazing.
Greta Oto is one of the most impressive butterflies for me because of the glasswings. I saw this specimen plenty years ago for the first time here on TN on a shot of "wallhalla", perhaps you remember Heinz from Germany.
After this shot I had the big wish to see this insect any day with my own eyes. One year later I saw some in a butterfly house and were astonished that they are so tiny ...
So thanks for your shot, I love it, greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-02-13 10:22]

Hello Manyee,
Wonderful species captured superbly here Manyee. I like how each one although similar are unique in wing patterns. Thank you for sharing.

hello Manyee
this is a very nice shot,just splendit moment
keep doing this great job :)
best regards,paul

Hello, Beautiful representation of friendship : close but independent, luminous and light…
Thank you
Belle représentation de l'amitié proche mais indépendant, lumineux et léger...

Hello Manyee,
Glasswings are amazingly delicate looking and you have done well to capture three of them in excellent detail. The range of adaptation in nature continues to amaze me.

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