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Greta oto

Greta oto
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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: 2006-11-07
Categories: Insects
Camera: Pentax *ist DL, Tamron SP 90mm F/2.8 Macro 1:1, Digital ISO 800, 55mm B+W Skylight KR1,5
Exposure: f/19, 1/125 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Borboletas transparentes - Transparent butterfly, Butterflies with minimum 50 points & above [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-11-08 13:11
Viewed: 6730
Favorites: 4 [view]
Points: 64
[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.

Picture has been taken at the Rotterdam Zoo (Blijdorp)

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2006-11-08 13:17]

Hi Thijs,
Mooie scherpe foto, maar ik denk dat het lijfje iets overbelicht is. Prachtige vlinder in een mooie positie. Goede rustige achtergrond.
groetjes paula

Preciosa mariposa. Detalles fantásticos de una nitidez extraordinaria. Agradable composición.
Muchos saludos Thijs.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2006-11-08 13:24]

Maravillosa mariposa, original y excelente colorido... saludos TFS

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-11-08 13:33]
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Una gran macro Thijs con buenos detalles, agudeza e iluminación ligeramente elevada, con hermoso punto de vista que permite disfrutar de todos los detalles de esta especie.
Pregunta... por qué F19 con este POV prácticamente paralelo al tele?
Un gran saludo... Ricardo

Great macro Thijs with good details, sharpness and lightly high illumination, with beautiful point of view that allows to enjoy all the details of this species.
Question... why F19 with this practically parallel POV to the tele?
Best greeting... Ricardo

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-11-08 13:36]

Beautiful butterfly. I love the reflections in the wings. Lovely colours and POV



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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-11-08 13:41]

Hi Thijs,
Great macro with excellent details, colors, pov and composition. I like a lot its transparent wing and the reflections thats produce light diffraction.
TFS, José M.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-11-08 13:54]

Hello Thijs,
Beautiful close-up of this fantastic butterfly.
Very nice details and colours.
TFS, Ulla

hi thijs.
la photo par elle même est magnifique,j'adore les ailes transparentes du papillon.netteté, couleurs, details tout est bon mais j'aime moins le cadre.

heel fraai Thijs,
die 800 asa doet het toch wel goed. Mooie vlinder. Goed in pov en een uitstekende compositie, goed werk Thijs.
gr. jaap

Hello Thijs,
this is a great photo from the Glasswing. Excellent sharpness, great colours and great POV. This is a very nice composition. Thank you for sharing.

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-11-08 14:37]

Hoi Thijs , Een hele mooie foto van deze prachtige vlinder mooie compositie kleuren ook in de vleugels en mooie bg , Groeten Teunie .

Que maravilla, los colores, la luz, el enfoque, los detalles, todo perfecto. Una gran foto. Un cordial saludo

amazing photo, and a beautiful butterfly. Great macro with awesome detail, very nice DOF.. TFS
Donna :o)

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2006-11-08 15:15]

Hi Thijs.
Excellent macro.Perfect POV and sharpness.Beautiful colours and details.Well done,great composition!
Greetings Milos

Hello Thijs,
very original this butterfly with its transparent wings and its fine body. Beautiful catch, good BG.
Thank you,

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2006-11-08 16:32]

Hello Thijs
What a marvellous shot and beautiful composition.

Belíssima Greta O. Esta transparência é impressionante.Ótima nitidez e composição.
Jandira Gitirana

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  • fthsm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 56 N: 512] (3689)
  • [2006-11-08 23:07]

Very beautiful species and excellent capture. I like the composition and POV.
TFS Thijs.

Hi Thijs

Excellent macro. Clear details and good low POV. I would love to see one of these for real! Nice camera work. :-)

hi thijs.
what a lovely capture. well composed. nice colours. good dof. nice pov.
very well done.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-11-09 4:32]

Ha Thijs,

Een mooie compositie van dezeze aparte vlinder,je hebt hem er mooi opgezet,ikzelf be niet zo weg van deze omlijsting,maar dat is persoonlijk,



Véritablement aérien ce papillon !
Bonne journée.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-11-09 7:16]

Hello Thijs,
This macro is a pleasure for my eyes. This species with transparent wings is facinating. Great details visible. Good exposure and colors. Useful note too.
Congratulations and thanks for sharing.

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  • nimou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 148 W: 1 N: 687] (3171)
  • [2006-11-09 9:06]

Great composition and macro,with great sharpness and details, good lightning and specific colors. Regards

Hi Thijs,
Nicely capturing this butterfly with transparent wings. Great DoF. Nice sharpness. Great shot.

Ben Lakitan

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2006-11-11 4:01]

Hoi Thijs,
er zijn al meerdere foto's van deze soort op TN geplaatst, maar vele hiervan waren niet scherp. Die van jou heeft een mooie scherpte. Ik ben het met paula eens dat het lijf iets te licht is, maar dat is zo verholpen in Photoshop (of vergelijkbaar) programma.
Groeten, Jacob

Bonjour Thijs
Une merveilleuse photo que ce Joli papillon,Très belle composition, les couleurs et le cadrage et les détails sont tous très bons.

Bravo et merci...JP
Les sourires demain

Really very nice butterfly. I like especially transparent parts of the wings. TFS


This is one awsome looking butterfly I like this see through wing never seen one before. Good work technically and a lovely POV the light is good Awsome catch! TFS best rgds Necip.

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-03-06 6:20]

This is such a stunning capture that I could not help but add it to my favourites!
The colours are excellent and the details truly superb! Excellent PoV and composition

Hi Thijs,
Beautiful butterfly.
Lovely colours and POV


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  • waylim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 296 W: 8 N: 489] (1765)
  • [2013-05-14 16:57]

Hello Thijs,

Beautiful photo of the butterfly, I love the transparent wings. Everything is wonderful, good quality, good colors, good light, composition and presentation.


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