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Greta oto (Glasvleugelvlinder)

Greta oto (Glasvleugelvlinder)
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Copyright: Thijs van Balen jr (Pentaxfriend) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 514 W: 24 N: 1888] (8048)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-05
Categories: Insects
Camera: Pentax K10D, Tamron SP 90mm F/2.8 Macro 1:1, Digital ISO 100, 55mm B+W Skylight KR1,5
Exposure: f/4, 1/90 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-01-14 1:56
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Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Kingdom: Animalia
Division: Rhopalocera
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Greta
Species: G. oto
Binomial name: Greta oto

Greta oto is a brush-footed butterfly, and is a member of the clearwing clade; its wings are transparent. Its most common English name is glasswing, and its Spanish name is espejitos, which means "little mirrors." Indeed, the tissue between the veins of its wings looks like glass. It is one of the more abundant clearwing species in its home range, which extends throughout Central America into Mexico. The opaque borders of its wings are dark brown sometimes tinted with red or orange, and its body is dark in color. Its wingspan is between 5.5 and 6 cm.

Adults inhabit the rainforest understory and feed on the nectar of a variety of tropical flowers. G. oto prefers to lay its eggs on plants of the tropical nightshade genus Cestrum. The silvery-gray caterpillars feed on these toxic plants and store the alkaloids in their tissues, making them distasteful to predators such as birds. They retain their toxicity in adulthood. The same alkaloids that make them poisonous also are converted into pheromones by the males, which use them to attract females.

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

Greta oto komt voor van Mexico tot in Panama. De vlinders leggen hun eitjes op verschillende soorten cestrumplanten. Deze behoren tot de familie van de Solanaceae. Een vrouwtje legt telkens een eitje en zoekt dan een volgende waardplant. Ze komt soms telkens bij dezelfde plant terug, zodat er meestal heel wat eitjes op een plant zitten. De bleke rupsjes hebben geen stekels. Greta oto is een zeer algemene glasvleugelvlinder, die zich in een groot aantal verschillende biotopen thuis voelt. Hij is het hele jaar als vlinder te zien; in het ene seizoen in zeer grote aantallen, in het andere met slechts enkele individuen. De vlinder kan in korte tijd grote afstanden afleggen. Van een Greta oto is in Costa Rica vastgesteld dat het vlindertje in een etmaal ruim 40 kilometer had afgelegd. Gemiddeld trekken de vlinders ongeveer 12 kilometer per dag. Zij kunnen dat redelijk veilig doen, omdat ze in de felle zon vrijwel onzichtbaar zijn als ze vliegen.

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-01-14 6:55]

What a amazing butterfly!
The wing are transparent?
Congratulation for this beauty!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-01-14 7:18]

Halo Thijs,
Mooie foto van deze vlinder. Ik heb bijna dezelfde foto hier op TN gezet maar dan vanuit de vlindertuin in Kwadendamme, Zeeland. Ze zijn bijzonder fotogeniek met hun doorzichtige vleugels. Je moet wel, zoals jij ook hebt, een mooi egale achtergrond hebben. Prima scherpte en compositie.

Hi Thijs,
Very betiful butterfly, and very strange see any shoted in Netherlands!. It's very seems whith our Pteronymia cotytto another "Little mirrors" existing here in my country. You're shoted this with a perfect balanced ligth, flawless focus and very natural coloration. Well Done!
Congratulations, TFS!

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2010-01-14 13:21]

Hallo Thijs.

Eeen mooie fot van een bijzondere vlinder.
De transaparantie van de vlinder komt mooi terug in de foto.
Mooie kleuren en een ommie POV.

Gr. Hans

Hello Thijs
excellent beauty and great macro shot. transparent wings and other details great. plain and green colored BG superb as exposure and light using. nicely composed. thanks for sharing, best wishes

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-01-14 23:45]

Hello Thijs,
excellent capture, this butterfly looks really beautiful, nice pov, well composed shot,
Best regards Siggi

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2010-01-15 8:42]

Hi Thijs

Wat 'n pragtige Glasvleugelvlinder. I'm positive that you could understand that. This
is just beautiful with the lovely sharply detailed butterfly standing out so well against
that darkish green BG. It also affords one the perfect opportunity (example) of those
see-through wings. Perhaps the f/4 left the wingtips and the antennae a little on the
soft side, but it is not a major deterrent to the visual feast. Great stuff MF.

Well done and TFS.

Ciao Thijs, fantastic butterfly with trasparent wings, good details and splendid sharpness, beautiful colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2010-02-08 6:02]

Hi Thijs
Nice capture.Excellent POV and very sharp image.Colors are beutiful.I also like that nice BG color.
TFS Michel

This is realy one of the most impressive butterflies, Thijs, I love the glasswings so much and you captured it very nice and with fresh colours, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Ciao Thijs. TFS this unknown - to me - fantastic butterfly in good DOF and details. Excellente choromatic contarst with intrigant graphic transparent wings.


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