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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-16
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D300, AF-S Nikkor 18-70mm 1:3.5-4.5G ED DX, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/30 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Eliz strange, exotic or little known species - 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-10-21 8:39
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Points: 66
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Last week I was in a tropical garden where I made this photo.
I‘m not an expert in butterflies, but 'lets give it a try' between all my bird pictures.

Greta oto is a brush-footed butterfly, and is a member of the clearwing clade; its wings are translucent. 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, as it lacks the coloured scales found in other butterflies. It is one of the more abundant clearwing species in its home range, which is found in the Amazon Rainforest (South America) 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 range from Mexico through Panama and 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 red and purple striped 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.

Source: Wikipedia.

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Hi Peter,
Excellent capture of this beautiful
butterfly..Nice colors and details here..

A beautiful specimen expertly captured in good exposure and fine focus Peter, from a little distance this cute little b.fly looks like a windsurf board and sail kit!

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-10-21 9:30]

Hi Peter
Beautiful closed up image.Very interesting insect that I had never seen before.Good POV and very shrp image with lovely colors.
TFS Michel

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-10-21 9:35]

Hello Peter,
It must be wonderful to see this gorgeous Glasswing in the wild! Your capture is really lovely showing it resting on the leaf and against a fine soft grey/green background. Great focus and lovely details and colours too. I like it very much!!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-10-21 9:40]

Hello Peter
Great macro shot. nice composition, perfect sharpness. Beautifull and interesting species.

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2008-10-21 9:46]

Hello Peter,
Very interesting species. I like it very much. It remind me butterflies from cartoon films for children.
Kind regards, Pawel

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-10-21 10:26]

Hi Peter,

This is perfect - even if you claim not to be a butterfly expert! The colors and details of the Glasswing could not be better. And the wings!!! Beautiful pose on the silvery green leaf. Lovely background and superb composition.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-10-21 10:28]

Hi Peter. A fine picture of the glass wing . I sure some last year in a butterfly farm. You have captured this one well as they dont sit still for long. you have good detail and colours. wel ldone TFS.

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  • eliz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 167 W: 20 N: 271] (1537)
  • [2008-10-21 10:46]

very interesting wing color. it`s almost like the background.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-10-21 10:54]

Hi Peter,this is a great gift to a butterflies lover like me!Wonderful specie and fantastic pic,the details and the colors are impressive,perfect choice of point of view,thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano

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  • Amadeo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 755] (3323)
  • [2008-10-21 11:43]

Hola Peter, un excelente macro, con una bonita composición, buena definición, luz y tonos de color muy atractivos.
Un saludo

Hallo Peter,
Ben er éénmaal geweest daar in Kwadendamme. In Zeeland, uw Zeeland en niet down under.:-)
Ik denk een paar jaar terug.
Goeie focus en mooie compositie. Mooie achtergrond.
Bedankt en groeten,

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2008-10-21 12:25]

Hello Peter,
Lovely detail and colours,nice composition.
Nice work,very well done.

Hi My friend Peter,

A great macro capture of this beautiful butterfly which I have not seen before with wonderful details, DOF and POV.
TFS and greetings from Cyprus,

Ps. My last posting (a murex shell which I dedicated to Prof. Atatur (matatur)-disappeared from my gallery without any explanation on this from TN.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-10-21 18:53]

Hello Peter,
Fine image of this delicate looking species. The colors and focus are excellent Sir, thank you for sharing.

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2008-10-21 22:06]

Merhaba Peter,
Bu ne kadar güzel bir kelebek karesi. Renkler artalan, üzerinde durduğu yaprak, hepsi enfes. Çok güzel bir çalışma. Eline sağlık.


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-10-21 22:41]

Hi Peter,
Outstanding shot of this beautiful Glasswing with very impressive sharpness, colours and details. Fine pose captured on that leaf end with perfect illumination. Excellent DOF, POV and composition.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-10-21 22:58]

Hi Peter.
You have pictured an amazing species at so nice scenery. All is perfect. Great details and sharpness of the insect and attractive leaf, colouration and smoothness of a nice BG, delicate lighting and impressive colours and of course great POV and composition of the image.

Good picture on this fine butterfly. With good sharpness and a nice POV.
Best wishes,

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-10-22 0:40]

Hello Peter,

This is a very fine photo of this beautifull butterfly. The colors of the leaf beneath the insect and the background are so fine matching perfectly with the insect. You have found such a good way to render the transparebcy of the wings and the orange colors seem to have a light of it's own.

Thank you for sharing,

Hi Peter, fantastic butterfly, I never see before, thanks, great colors, fine details and excellent sharpness, splendid blurry BG, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello Peter,
For a first try on butterfly it is a very good one!
Great composition with superb sharpness

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-10-22 6:57]

Hello Peter! You always have amazing images and this one is another! Wow what a great subject well photographed! Nice composition with great technique, thanks!


Superbly fine sharpness...With good gear and no eye problems one can do the best eh? You should have been a micro-surgeon!:-) Great image Peter!


Hi Peter,
They are AMAZING creatures! I'm very impressed every time I see this specie. I'm sure that the fabricants of windsurf sails were inspired by this specie! This is a beautiful composition with great sharpness and exposure. I'm amazed that you could get this clarity at this shutter speed. Well done!

Hallo Peter,

de Glasvlinder heb ik ook al eens geplaatst.
Heb veel van die foto's die ik nog uit moet zoeken.

Mooie kleuren heeft dit plaatje.
Alleen het groen lijkt me niet echt groen?
Of hoorde dit blad zo grijschtig?

Goede compositie en super scherp.


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-10-22 12:44]

Hi Peter,
If I am not wrong I've seen this one in Peru. Very nice background and matching colors. I like the POV and composition. TFS
All the best,

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-10-26 2:41]

Hi Peter

This is a very beautiful macro of this type of butterfly that i always wanted to see :)
We don't have any tropical gardens here and therefore i think i have to go to Hungary to have a chance for seeing one. But, on the other hand, if i have such great shots from people like you, i might not need to :)

Excellent side POV here and great exposure parameters, allowing the viewers to see well through those galls wings of this species.
The colors are also lovely and the bokeh you managed for the BG is quite gorgeous, too.
An excellent note on top and you have a terrific pose here!

Bravo and TFS

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2008-10-27 2:37]

A lovely butterfly indeed. Very well captured with excellent POV, DOF and composition. I love it.
Thank you very much for sharing.
Best regards

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2008-10-30 5:57]

WOW,ONE of the best butterfly I have seen..Fantastic details and composition.TFS!

hi peter!
fine pic on this little beauty!
sharp and well composed
good work!

Woooooh peter !
I'm not any expert in birds or butterflies, but no need to be to appreciat this one!
Beautiful! Bravo

olá Peter,
que imágem espetacular, deslumbrante e magnífica combinação e variáveis!

Lovely picture of the butterfly. Was it trying to attack that insect in some way? I am not aware that butterflies have the ability to do so.

Hello Peter

Great close-up of this butterfly, fine POV,
superbly focused, great sharpness and details, TFS


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