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greta oto
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Copyright: Siegfried Potrykus (siggi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-10-08
Categories: Insects
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-10-11 1:23
Viewed: 1365
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
"Glasswing" redirects here. For the African glasswings, see Ornipholidotos. For the Australian glasswing, see Acraea andromacha.
Glasswinged butterfly

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Tribe: Ithomiini
Genus: Greta
Species: G. oto
Binomial name
Greta oto
Geyer, 1837
The Glasswinged butterfly (Greta oto) is a brush-footed butterfly, and is a member of the subfamily Danainae, tribe Ithomiini, subtribe Godyridina.
G. oto adults also exhibit a number of interesting behaviors, such as long migrations and lekking among males.
The wings are translucent, with a wingspan of 5.6 to 6.1 cm (2.2 to 2.4 in). Its most common English name is glasswinged butterfly, 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 colored scales found in other butterflies.The opaque borders of its wings are dark brown sometimes tinted with red or orange, and its body is dark in color.
Adults range from Mexico through Panama and ColombiaThey also fly through Florida.
G. oto visits common flowers like lantana, but prefers to lay its eggs on plants of the tropical Solanaceae genus Cestrum.[2] The green caterpillars[4] feed on these toxic plants and are perhaps toxic to predators through secondary chemicals stored in their tissues; caterpillar chemical extracts are unpalatable to Paraponera clavata ants. Adults are also assumed to be toxic,but their toxicity results mainly from males feeding on flowers (e.g., Asteraceae) whose nectar contains pyrrolizidine alkaloids. These same alkaloids also are converted into pheromones by the males and used to attract females.

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照的很清晰 很可愛的蝴蝶
牠的翅膀很透明 還有一點反光彩色
構圖美麗 背景深遂無限

A wonderful portrait of this very special butterfly.
Really see-through!

Hi Siggi,
I love your wonderful capture of this lovely butterfly though I photographed it in UK at a butterfly world in Scotland. I didn't post it because of bad quality. The composition, POV, clarity, details, and colors are all excellent. Thanks for sharing, and have a nice day!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-10-11 7:21]

Hello Siggi,
Another beauty from this butterfly house. A common nice one for this kind of places.
Fantastic macro in great sharpness, details and beautiful colours.

Hello Mr.Siegfried,
I haven't seen this kind of butterfly in our area.Nice looking.Like its transparent wings.Well captured with good colour and pose.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice time,

Hello Siegfried
Superb photo, nice setting, good background, excellent focus and detail. Great to see the butterfly
regards yiannis

Ciao Siggi, great macro of fascinating butterfly with fantastic trasparent wings, excellent sharpness, fine details, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2013-10-11 12:13]

Shalom Siggi,

Lovely specimen! Excellent capture showing fine details and colors.

Have a pleasant weekend,


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-10-11 12:22]

Hi Siggi,magnificent glasswings,i never seen one in my life and i think that could be a great emotion,one of the most beautiful butterflies,no doubts.Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

Hello Siggi,
A great picture of this glass wing beauty,
perfect clarity and character of this special butterfly.
best wishes,

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  • senn Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 2 N: 155] (1384)
  • [2013-10-11 23:24]

fab capture here Siegfried ! .. every detail is rendered with due effect .. great work mate

nuri :)

Dear Siggi,
Lovely specie,wonderful capture, only I feel it suffered due to post processing?

Very gorgeous! This is my first time seeing one of these. Thanks for sharing!

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2013-10-13 17:33]

Parabéns por esta imagem,muito bem focada e com nitidez excelente.

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