The Unique Glasswing Butterfly 🦋

GIF Rare Glass Wing Butterfly with Lantana Sparkle

A migratory butterfly, Greta oto is often spotted in Central South America on both the Atlantic and Pacific sides of the country, from 500 to 1,600 m. The glasswing has also been spotted in southern USA = Florida, Texas, Etc.

The glasswing is so named due to its gloriously transparent wings. A brown to reddish-brown border helps make Greta oto’s wings more visible. The upper part of the forewing also has a white stripe through the brown region. Glasswings lack the tiny scales on most of their wings so the wings are see-through.

Adults have scaly antennae and an elegantly thin, brown body powering the delicate, clear wings (the veins in their wings are visible). Males have an additional feature to their wings: on the hind wing is a small plume of fine hairs that stay tucked under the overlap of the forewing most of the time. These become helpful in courtship.

As an adult, this butterfly drinks the nectar of certain flowers like Lantana (Verbena, Asteraceae and Boraginaceae). The glasswing’s body absorbs chemicals from the nectar which make the glasswing taste unpleasant enough to discourage predators from eating them. The average length of a glasswing butterfly is 28 to 30 mm.PIC Infinity Heart divider

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59 Responses to The Unique Glasswing Butterfly 🦋

  1. Autistickish says:

    Amazing! It looks like a toy of some sort. 😊👍🏼

  2. Jyo says:

    Wow looks, fabulous ✌

  3. milliethom says:

    Very beautiful and unique. I’ve never heard of this butterfly, let alone seen one. 😀

  4. Absolutely gorgeous! Thank you for sharing here!

  5. This is a really great post! Wonderful photo too! Simply delightful!

  6. Great Butterfly
    Great Post

  7. Luna Selas says:

    What a beautiful little creature! So delicate…Thanks for sharing. Your posts are always informative and interesting.

  8. Anne Clare says:

    How gorgeous! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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  10. It’s positively magical. Happy new week.

  11. Great share. Loved reading it

  12. What a unique butterfly! I never even knew they existed. Thanks so much for sharing. 🙂

  13. kph52013 says:

    They are beautiful, and fascinating! Enjoyed learning this.

  14. What a beauty. Thanks for sharing this amazing creature. 🙂

  15. Alexis Rose says:

    Oh, so beautiful! 🦋

  16. Carol says:

    Wow, what a beautiful butterfly…Thank you for the follow 🙂

  17. willedare says:

    What an extraordinary animal! I saw a butterfly over the Atlantic ocean (maybe a Monarch, who are currently experiencing great challenges as you probably well know due to not enough milkweed growing along their migratory path, I fear, as a result of the USA’s great attachment to plant poisons like Roundup) and yet again marveled at their incredible strength and resiliency. How can such a tiny, seemingly fragile being, fly for hundreds of miles in all kinds of weather!!! Thank you for opening our eyes to yet another miracle of nature.

  18. Such a beautiful and delicate creature… lovely! Thanks for sharing.

  19. Thanks for following.❤

  20. Such a beautiful butterfly. I’d love to see one. 😀

  21. markbierman says:

    Wow! What a beautiful creature! Thanks for sharing!

  22. Rohit CHAWLA says:

    I wonder to sense the fluttering of the butterfly, Humanity need to build how big and sensitive machine!

  23. Can’t say I’ve ever seen this beauty here (south Florida),
    but there’s so many I may have missed him.
    Great post, fabulous photo

  24. Great post. Had never heard of the Glasswing butterly before. Very interesting.

  25. KT says:

    Very cool. I’m jealous. Question: do I have glass wings and don’t know it? Do we all maybe have them and don’t know it?

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