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#1    Bone_Collector

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Posted 18 May 2006 - 06:57 AM

Here are a few pictures of Transparent Butterflies. A Butterflie's wing color is due to tiny scales over a transparent membrane. Transparent butterflies only have scales along the edges of their wings, exposing the transparent membrane. When they fly it is very difficult to see them.

Check out these really cool pics!
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Posted 18 May 2006 - 10:56 AM

excellant, totally beautiful, thanks

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Posted 18 May 2006 - 09:12 PM

Sorry, these are not butterflies, but actually a type of day moth yes.gif They are called Clearwings.

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Posted 18 May 2006 - 09:22 PM

Either way they are absolutely stunning to look at...There are some beautiful critters in this world.

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Posted 18 May 2006 - 09:26 PM

amazing how nature can produce things so beautiful.


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Posted 18 May 2006 - 09:31 PM

Pretty indeed...

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Posted 19 May 2006 - 07:08 AM

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Sorry, these are not butterflies, but actually a type of day moth yes.gif They are called Clearwings.

You are right, they are a kind of moths from the clearwing family.

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Posted 19 May 2006 - 10:53 AM

Stunning! Nature is a wonderful thing.  thumbsup.gif


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Posted 19 May 2006 - 11:21 AM

it's the beautiful little things like these in nature that people fail to notice...

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Posted 19 May 2006 - 01:56 PM

Thats pretty rad.

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Posted 19 May 2006 - 10:22 PM

The beauties of Nature yes.gif

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Posted 19 May 2006 - 10:33 PM

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Sorry, these are not butterflies, but actually a type of day moth yes.gif They are called Clearwings.


Do moths have proboscises?  huh.gif

Great pictures. yes.gif

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Posted 20 May 2006 - 04:33 AM

These are butterflies.  

Butterflies tend to hold their wings up when at rest, moths usually have theirs flat.

Butterflies have smooth bodies, moths are generally hairy.  

Here are some clearwing moths

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Posted 20 May 2006 - 07:48 PM

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Butterflies tend to hold their wings up when at rest, moths usually have theirs flat.

Butterflies have smooth bodies, moths are generally hairy

True, but these are indeed moths. A kind of Day moth.

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Posted 20 May 2006 - 09:35 PM

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True, but these are indeed moths. A kind of Day moth.


No sorry they are indeed a butterfly.

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Greta oto is one of a number of similar transparent winged butterflies. It comes from central America, and is found from Mexico to Panama. It is quite common in its zone, but it not easy to find because of its transparent wings, which is a natural camouflage mechanism.


Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Ithomiinae
Latin name: Greta oto
Common name: The Glasswing
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