Transparent Butterfly

I received this in an email and was mesmerized by it. I don't know where or who began it, but thought I'd pass it on to share the beauty. Click on the picture to emlarge it so you can see the real beauty of this butterfly.

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. 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: in life that which is unnoticed has the most power.
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5 comments:

Joyce said...

Gorgeous!
Joyce

Alice Audrey said...

I once had a chance to see these live, but it was the wrong time of year and all we saw were caterpillars.

It's way to early for me on the Simply Delicious Sunday. I'll be back tomorrow morning.

~3 Sides of Crazy~ said...

No worries Alice. I just wanted to get it up with the new option after ALL the Mr. Linky 'stuff' this week.!

forgetfulone said...

That is so amazingly beautiful!

Janet said...

what a gorgeous butterfly!