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Me and My Shadow

Me and My Shadow
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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-01-02
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot SX110IS
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Guatemala & Belize
Theme(s): Butterflies & Moths [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-03-14 18:37
Viewed: 5792
Points: 8
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Glasswing Butterflies
Greta Oto

This species of Ithomiinae is native to Central America. Its distribution ranges from Mexico to Panama. Although they are common, at first they are difficult to see because of their transparent wings. This effect gives it the common name: Glasswing. In nature the transparent effect provides excellent camouflage.

Interesting facts about Glasswing Butterflies:

Because this butterfly's wings are transparent, it blends into its background, thus is particularly difficult to spot in the wild. The tissue between the wing's veins looks like the panes of a little glass window.

It's hard to believe that these beautiful glasswing butterflies could have metamorphosized from a caterpillar, especially an ugly one that looks like a hairy centipede. Yet if it was not for these leaf munching machines there would be no adult butterflies.

Glasswing butterflies can carry up to 40 times their body weight.

Another interesting facts about butterflies in general, and glasswings in particular, is that they taste, through their 6 legs.

Top speed for a glasswing is about 8 mph. 12 km/hr.

This photo was taken in a butterfly farm.


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Hi and good morning Manyee,

Awesome capture of this glasswing beauty. The clarity and details are first class, as is the focus and exposure.
TFS and have a nice week!


Hi Manyee,

an very nice picture from the Glassbutterfly with good pov and dof.
Fine colours.


great butterfly and great photograph. we have no such species here. thank you for sharing.

Ciao Manyee, splendid butterfly with fantastic trasparent wings, wonderful bright colors, fine details and superb sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-03-18 13:53]

Hello Manyee,
Great macro with excellent details, colors, pov and composition. I like a lot its transparent wing and the reflections thats produce light diffraction.
Best regards Siggi

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