SCIENCE IN PICS: The Dazzling Glasswinged Butterfly29 January, 2012 at 07:27 | Posted in Nature | 2 Comments
The glasswinged butterfly, Greta oto, is a common species of clearwing butterfly, widely distributed in Central America from Mexico to Panama.
Its wings are famous for their characteristic transparent scales, which look like little windows craftily supported by brownish-orange opaque veins.
The delicate glass-like wings are strong enough to undertake a migratory flight, with the butterfly traveling more than 12 miles (19 km) a day. The wings also provide protective camouflage by allowing the insect to easily merge into its surroundings, thus preventing predatory birds from tracking the butterfly.