The Incredible Glasswing Butterfly With Transparent Wings


The Glasswinged butterfly (Greta oto) is a brush-footed butterfly. Glasswinged butterfly adults also exhibit a number of interesting behaviors, such as long migrations and lekking among males. Glasswinged butterfly wings are transparent with a span of 5.6 to 6.1 cm. The butterfly’s most common English name is glasswinged butterfly and its Spanish name is “espejitos” which means “little mirrors”.

Glasswinged butterfly

H. Krisp /CC BY 3.0 | Glasswinged butterfly

The tissue between the veins of its wings looks like glass, as it lacks the colored scales found in other butterflies. The opaque borders of its wings are dark brown, sometimes tinted with red or orange and its body is dark in color. Adults range from Mexico through Panama and Colombia. They also fly through Florida. Visits common flowers like lantana but prefers to lay its eggs on plants.

The Wings Become Windows Butterfly

Eddy Van 3000 /CC BY-SA 2.0 | The Wings Become Windows Butterfly

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