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Greta oto (Glass Wing)

Greta oto (Glass Wing)
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Copyright: Goutham Ramesh (goutham_ramesh) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 835 W: 154 N: 2871] (12237)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-23
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D50, Sigma 180 Macro Ex HSM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/60 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Borboletas transparentes - Transparent butterfly, GouthamButterflies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-06-24 12:33
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Hi all,

This is one of the butterflies that I wanted to see very badly and was able to do that in the butterfly park "Vlinder aan de Vliet" at Leidschendam which was introduced to me by Thijs(PentaxFriend).Here again i used the stand borrowed from Thijs to shoot this. Since this was sitting in a very dark area i had to open the aperture to 5.6!

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.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glasswing_butterfly

Goutham R

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Hello Goutham!
When I look at this species I really regret that such butterflies do not occur in Europe. Beauty, transparent wingd and vivid colours make this species very attractive (even if there are a lot of more colourful butterflies).
According to technical aspects I like DOF and profile POV. Sharpness is also good. On the other hand I would keep some free space above the butterfly, especially that on both sides there is a lot of it :)
TFS and best greetings,


This is so fantastic. Satish did tell me that you shot this beautiful butterfly. The lighting and focus are so perfect. You chose the right Point of view to show that the wings are as clear as glass. Lack of reflections from the wing makes it so beautiful. You had to sacrifice a bit of DOF due to bad lighting as mentioned by you.

This is one of your best Butterfly pictures.

- Murali Santhanam

Wonderful clarity in the glasses of the wing Goutham.
Sharpness is perfect and color contrast between the orange/brown tones of the wings and green tones in the background are most wonderful.
I'm sorry to tell you, but I'm not that fond on composition.
Cropping on top and lower site are to tight imho.
Would love to have seen this lovely butterfly in an vertical composition with more space on top and lower side.
Warm regards, Harry

Hi Goutham,
This is a very beutiful picture o this Glasswing.Especially the Wings are very transparent.Is this the reason they call it as Glasswing.The sharpness and Bg is excellent.TFS

Hi Goutham

Very interesting subject - I would not have id'ed it as a butterfly. Very nice details and DOF (despite 5.6!).


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  • Aramok Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 101 N: 1501] (5166)
  • [2007-06-24 13:14]

Hi Goutham

I too regret that these beautiful butterflies do not occur over here. You have caught this one very well and I would love to see the one in vertical format becuase I really feel that there is a need for a little more space above and below on this one. But otherwise the composition, sharpness and DOF are excellent.


Hi Gautham,

One of my favourite butterfly.Atleast you could able to get it. Good. A very nice picture, with beautiful colors. I think you can improve upon this picture. TFS.

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2007-06-24 13:38]

hi goutham,
the picture is superb and i liked it very much . wonderful composition and BG i liked it very much.
congrats . regards

I share your excitement at seeing this unique butterfly with your own eyes, Goutham.
The picture has come out very beautiful with the tripod and selection of aperture was well suited to the conditions.
Thanks for sharing this marvellous capture and best regards.

WOW!your DOF is really perfect.and what a beautiful effect with those transparent wings.

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2007-06-24 16:27]

Exelente foto muito bem tirada e com nitides e qualidade de composição espetacular meus parabéns.

Hi Goutham,

I'm glad i could show you this butterfly for real my friend
you did an excellent job on this one sitting in the dark under some big leafs of a banana tree
Sharpness, details, colours, exposure, POV and DOF are perfect

TFS Thijs

WOW!!! This is an awesome picture Goutham....
You are minting your photography time now.......
Great picture Goutham....


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-06-25 3:50]

Goutham Lovely looks like there is a hole in the wings. Very well captured and well presented. Ganesh

Hi Goutham,
A beautiful butterfly. Well captured. Lovely colors and composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hello Goutham, So you could fulfill your wish by visiting Netherlands. You could not only see the butterfly butalso could photograph it very well. Beautiful shot with immaculate sharpness and details. TFS,
* I'll be back with smileys.

Hola Goutham
Impresionante macro, mis felicitaciones ya que lo tiene todo esta foto.
Un saludo

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-06-25 10:18]

Hi Goutham,

I never knew there was a butterfly such as this. It truly does look like glass wings. You captured it perfectly. Beautiful colors, details and background.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-06-25 13:48]

Hi Goutham.I would love to see one of these.Fantastic shot. excellent detail and sharp focus. very goodcolour. with a nice POV and DOF.very well done TFS. great notes as well. thanks


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-06-26 4:16]

Hello Goutham,
I've never seen a Glasswing and I understand your excitement! It is really fabulous and you've captured it in a perfect pose from a low POV and showing very sharp details and lovely colours. Brilliant composition too!
TFS and best regards, Ulla

Nice work Goutham, the transparent wings never looked so good :)
Great post processing, I like it!

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