Day 357

Exif Data: Nikon D3200 ; Lens:  Nikkor AF Zoom 70-300; 300 mm, ISO 3200; f/5,6; 47,1/125 s.

Today I found a glasswing butterfly, one of those that have transparent wings and are not easy to find.

I looked up some info about this kind of butterflies and while doing it I realized that it’s been a long time since I last wrote a post with different facts about my subject, so I decided to share some interesting facts that I found about these creatures:

The glasswing butterfly lives only in Latin America. Its distribution ranges from the country of Panama up into parts of Mexico, they can be found in Venezuela and Colombia as well.

Their transparent wings provide camouflage against predators, and allow them to go unnoticed in their habitat, particularly while feeding.

These butterflies reside in tropical rain forest areas.

Adults glasswing butterflies are assumed to be toxic, but their toxicity results from males feeding on flowers whose nectar contains alkaloids. These same alkaloids also are converted into pheromones by the males and used to attract females.

Glasswing butterflies can carry up to 40 times their body weight.

Their top speed is about 12 km per hour.

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Hoy encontré una mariposa de alas transparentes, comunmente se les conoce como mariposas de cristal o espejitos y son muy dificiles de encontrar.

Investigué un poco sobre ella en internet, y me di cuenta que hacía mucho tiempo no hacia una entrada con datos o información acerca de lo que hay en mi foto, así que quise volver a hacer uno para compartirlo con ustedes; aca van algunos datos sobre este insecto:

La mariposa de cristal vive solamente en Latinoamérica. Su habitat va de Panamá hasta México, pero también se pueden encontrar en Colombia y en Venezuela.

Sus alas transparentes le proveen camuflaje contra sus predadores, y les permite pasar desapercibidas en su habitat especialemnte mientras se alimentan.

Este tipo de mariposas solo vive en bosques de lluvia tropical.

Los adultos son tóxicos, y su toxicidad se debe principalmente a que los machos se alimentan de las flores cuyo néctar contiene alcaloides. Estos mismos alcaloides se convierten en feromonas que los machos usan para atraer a las hembras.

Las mariposas de cristal pueden llevar hasta 40 veces el peso de su cuerpo.

Su velocidad máxima es de 12 km. por hora.

Críticas, comentarios y/o sugerencias son bienvenidas.



16 thoughts on “Day 357

  1. amazing photo, how is it even butterflies stay still for you /:>) Like George this happens to me here too and with other WordPress photo blogs where there is no photo just the dialogue. Apparently it is a security issue, I then have to okay all the incoming info… anyway I enjoy the information you posted of such a gorgeous creature…

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