Thursday, February 25, 2010

Transparent Butterflies

via Helen
"It comes from Central America and is found from Mexico to Panama It is
quite common in its zone, but it's not easy to find because of its transparent
wings, which is a natural camouflage mechanism.

A butterfly with transparent wings is rare and beautiful.
As delicate as finely blown glass, the presence of this rare tropical gem is used
by rain forest ecologists as an indication of high habitat quality and its
demise alerts them of ecological change. Rivaling the refined beauty of a
stained glass window, the translucent wings of the Glasswing butterfly shimmer
in the sunlight like polished panes of turquoise, orange, green, and red. All
things beautiful do not have to be full of color to be noticed"

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