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Glasswing Butterfly *For Sumon*

Glasswing Butterfly *For Sumon*
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Copyright: Joe Kellard (joey) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-02-03
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 400D (Rebel XTi), Canon EF-S 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6, Digital ISO-100, Kenko 58mm UV filter
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
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Date Submitted: 2008-02-12 1:18
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I dedicate this to Sumon (Mana) for all his excellent butterfly shots :-)

This Glasswing was taken at the Butterfly House in Sheffield.

This was taken with the 18-55mm lens and a Raynox DCR-250 seeing as the 75-300mm didn't go wide enough to get the whole butterfly in the shot! :-D

I found another ladybird with droplets on it and will post that tomorrow :-)

I hope you like it!

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.


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Hi Joe,

Perfect angle for capturing beauty of this butterfly's transparent wings.
Great sharpness.
Superb shot!

Ben Lakitan

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  • taba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 466 W: 124 N: 312] (1847)
  • [2008-02-12 2:18]
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Hi Joe
I think that Mana will be glad with your photo.

great sharpness and colors, fantastic POV and DOF.

well done.
PS: I wish I have a Rainox... :(

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-02-12 2:19]

Hi Joe,
Wow.....those wings look awesome. I am overjoyed by the dedication because I have always been awed by these beautiful butterflies. And those wings look so interesting. A big thank you.
Immaculate sharpness and good use of flash lighting here and I like your low POV to portray it. Great DOF. Very nicely composed too. Kudos.

Hello Joe,
It might be worth mentioning that the wing membranes on these butterflies are the same as on all butterflies. The difference is that over large areas of the wings the usual overlying scales have evolved into hair-like structures and so do not obscure the membranes. Under a microscope you can clearly see these modified scales and that they cover the whole of the "glassy" areas. Cheers

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-02-12 4:00]

Hola Joe,
una maaravilla de mariposa,
las alas son realmente originales,
bello pov y foco...

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-02-12 4:57]

Hi Joe,
very nicely compsoed with some excellent detail and colour. The light on the 'glass' of the wing is great. Well done!

Preciosa Joe, has recreado su pequeño mundo muy bien. Alas impresionantes y bello conjunto. Yo aún no he podido fotografiar nunca este tipo de mariposas.
Abrazo: J. Ignasi

Hello Joe,
This is an amazing insect, here captured in all it's glory!
A great pose and superb details, and the fine light makes this special insect stand out well...
Spot on DOF creates a fine 3-D effect, well done on the macro work!
Pablo -

Hi Joe,
Very good technique to get this lovely butterfly in full view. The image is crisp clear and well seen. Very well done and tfs.

Hi Joe,
Those butterflies are amazing! Every time I see one, I'm stunned! This is an excellent capture with superb details and composition! Well done!

This is about as close as I have seen these wings Joey. there have been other pictures but in this case the flash brings out a nice quality which gives them much more life...or more dynamic qualities would be a better way to say...nicely done sir.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-02-12 7:24]

Hi Joe,
Splendid capture of this fabulous butterfly! Very sharp details showing the wings that look like brittle glass. Great colours too and a fine background in this beautiful composition.
TFS and cheers, Ulla

Hello Joe,

Excellent sharp close-up of this beautiful butterfly. Beautiful detail. Good composition, light and colours.


Excellent closeup, Joe! Kudos for that kind of detail! Cheers, Klaus

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-02-12 8:13]

Hi Joe,

I'm sure Sumon will love this beautiful Glasswing. A fantastic close-up really showing off the transparent wings. The details of the whole butterfly are excellent. Wonderful colors that look great against the green background.


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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-02-12 12:02]

Hi Joe,

Congratulations for your great photo. There are excelent clear details of the butterfly despite the fact you did not use a dedicated macro objective.

Thanks for sharing,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-02-12 13:02]

Hi Joey,thanks to show us a beautifull butterfly in a perfect perfect pic,really great!!!!!! Thanks for share and for the note too,Luciano

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-02-12 13:06]

Hi Joe

Brillaint - you have really captured the delicate wings to perfection.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-02-12 13:08]

Hi Joe . The Raynox works well . The wings have caught the light so well . your sharp focusing has given fine detail and colours.a nive POV/DOF. well done TFS. good notes too.

Hello my good friend Joe:

Not salamente you make a fotgrafías excellent but it also facilitates a comprehensive and documented information of the protagonists, insects, butterflies and other species of nimales. Some excellent work you do with the utmost care and concern. It is admirable as manage time and also find a space to discuss all my photos.

You are very kind friend of mine and I sincerely thank you all for your comments and advice.

This butterfly you present today is impressive and your with your camera has captured all its beauty where you can see the full details of their transparent wings, their colorful, their eyes their antennas, all to our delight. Thank you for sharing your work.

A hug


Hi Joe,
Wonderful shot of this Glasswing Butterfly, amazing colours well framed and composed, all the best Cheers Rick :)

Hello Joe,
Awesome shot and a great dedication to our friend Sumon!
excellent sharpness with best pov, nice colour and details
a great and perfect posting
well done

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-02-12 17:11]

Hola Joe.
Excellent Macro. Great image. wonderful colors and pose. It is very sharp.
I am sure Sumon is going to be very happy with this gift.

hello joe,
what a lovely shot , its a well deserved dedication to sumon who has done wonderful macro job, this shot has good details and well composed , nicely exposed,
well done,
tfs & regards

Hola Joe,
Preciosa captura la conseguida,excelente composición con gran nitidez donde se aprecian todos los detalles, la luz un poco fuerte para mi gusto, pero es una magnífica toma. Saludos
José Ramón

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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2008-02-13 3:25]

Hi Joe,
Great macro!
Excellent details and sharpness!

Hi Joe, splendid butterfly with transparent wings, I never see before, thanks, lovely dedication to our friend Sumon, great macro with wonderful details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-02-13 8:27]

Joey, WOW shot. Simply amazing with the colors and the notes.Ganesh

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-02-13 8:32]

Hello Joe,
Excellent photo with perfect sharpness and details. The transparent parts of the wings looks like plastic. Amazing light and colours.

WoW! IMpressionnant cette transparence, superbe composition.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-02-14 1:03]

Hi Joe.
It is wonderful and impressive work, which amazed me a lot. First of all you managed to crate a true three-dimensional image. Second, it is fantastic POV and DOF. Third, it is terrific sharpness, details of the butterfly image. Flash light is superb and colours are splendid. Bravo. Well done and my hearty congratulations.

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  • loga (22)
  • [2008-02-15 20:46]

Hello Joe
This shot is excellent. Sharpness,DOF and perfect use of flash.

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2008-02-17 13:11]

Hi Joe!

Such a delicate creature! I didn't know the existance of that kind of butterflies. Thanks for your interesting notes and congratulations for this wonderful picture!

Kind regards


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