<< Previous Next >>

Greta oto

Greta oto
Photo Information
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: 2007-01-12 9:15
Viewed: 4478
Points: 24
[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)

ellis49, Alex99, ramthakur, JORAPAVI, marhowie, TAZ, coasties, zeca has marked this note useful
Only registered TrekNature members may rate photo notes.
Add Critique [Critiquing Guidelines] 
Only registered TrekNature members may write critiques.
You must be logged in to start a discussion.

Critiques [Translate]

Hi Thijs,
a nice close-up of the beauty. Nice colours, good compostion and details. The white is a bit OE. And the green in the BG is a bit distractingm, but still a nice picture.
Well done.

  • Great 
  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-01-12 10:02]

Hello Thijs.
What a beauty! Excellent shot, with perfect sharpness, color and composition.
Very good job. TFS.
Best wishes

  • Great 
  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-01-12 10:09]

Hi Thijs.
Very interesting and artistic shot with perfect use of dark tones. I like your really outstanding composition, exact and impressive lighting, POV and DOF. The image is well sharpened and detailed. My compliments and TFS.

Hi Thijs :)
Excellent work, great POV, DOF, colors and light. Perfect composition. Well done!

What a spectacular butterfly!
You have shot this Greta Garb . . . oops, Oto very well, Thijs.
The entire profile view of this stunner is a joy to behold.

Hola Thijs,
Bellisima imagen de excelente composición, gran nitidez, hermosa luz y fondo muy agradable. Saludos

Excellent closeup Thijs.
Great color, detail, and DOF. The POV makes the shot :)
I would've been tempted to clone out the green top corner is all.
Have a great weekend.

  • Great 
  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2007-01-13 1:32]

Hello Thijs,
Very pleasant photo for this lovely species.
The "+++" : beautiful subject, point of view, sharpness, DOF, blurred background, colors, informative note...
The "-" : distracting green spot on top-right...
Congratulations and thanks for sharing.

Hi Thijs

You show this pretty butterfly beautifully. Well composed, very good light, saturation of colour looks spot on and nicely presented. :-)

  • Great 
  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2007-01-14 7:19]

Mooie compositie. Prachtige schittering in de vleugels en mooie donkere achtergrond. Lijfje lijkt iets overbelicht.
Gr. paula

  • Great 
  • zeca Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 373 W: 14 N: 539] (2887)
  • [2007-01-23 0:46]

There are thousends of butterflies posted here, but this one is a nice one, for sure! Excellent quality! Very nice!

  • Great 
  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-03-23 12:12]

Hello Thijs, very good macro of this butterfly. Nice background, very sharp and well composed. Thanks,


Calibration Check