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Greta Oto (Glass Wing)

Greta Oto (Glass Wing)
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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/16, 1/125 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Borboletas transparentes - Transparent butterfly [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-11-10 14:23
Viewed: 4510
Points: 28
[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)

Alex99, Maite, SkyF, JORAPAVI, marhowie, horia, nainnain, pvb has marked this note useful
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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-11-10 14:28]

Hi Thijs.
Very original idea and perfect realization. Great lighting and colour palette. Fantastic details and skilful cropping. Bravo. TFS and my best regards,

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2006-11-10 14:51]

Hello Thijs,
very good close-up of this glass wing. On the translucent parts of the wing the residual insertion points for scales are seen. The positioning of the four(!) legs is interesting. In my opinion, the black frame lines interfere with butterfly structures of the same width, i.e. wing venation, legs, antennae.
Best wishes, Peter

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2006-11-10 16:21]

Hello Thijs
A dazzling sample of this eye-catching lepidoptera, with an amazing composition. Very good job.
Best wishes

Hi Thijs,
that's realy close - when somebody knows how tiny this glasswing is, than we know that you were very near. Very good quality and we can see the glasswings very sharp and good.
I don't like the frame so much, but that's only my opinion. Thanks for sharing this beauty, very good job, greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-11-10 16:54]

Hello Thijs,
this looks fabulous. I love the close crop and the framing. Very artistic composition. Very good macro with superp details.

Hola Thijs,
Que buena foto! tiene muy buen enfoque, y un excelente encuadre. Un saludo

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  • fthsm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 56 N: 512] (3689)
  • [2006-11-10 18:25]

Excellent closeup with this amazing butterfly. I'd really like to take a photo like this.
TFS Thijs.

Well done Thijs,
Great detail seen in this extreme crop/composition.
Well seen from the BG, with nice colors and light..

bonjour thijs
rien a dire c'est une magnifique macro.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-11-11 4:47]

Hi Thijs

What an impressive macro!
The magnification and the details are amazing!
Excellent POV and DOF, lovely colors and lighting!
This is really a very impressive and beautiful species and you managed to present it very well!

Cheers and have a great weekend

merci de vos commentaires et du partage
votre photo est superbe et surtout originale
jolies couleurs, bien vu

Hello Thijs,
This is much impressive! Wow! Look at those details, they are incredible. I think that those butterflies are so special with their transparent wings. I like this very close POV and composition. Maybe the frame is a little distractive but this is a very good image anyway :-)

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2006-11-12 8:23]

Excellent details..SEEMS tight composition,ya you wana show the wings details..NICE SHOT..

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2006-11-13 2:56]

Door de foto zo dichtbij te nemen is deze vlinder bijna artistiek te noemen. Prachtige structuur zichtbaar op de doorzichtige vleugels. Zeer mooie compositie en hoek.
gr. paula

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