September 12th, 2013

Greta oto – butterfly with transparent wings.

The most interesting news today – an amazing butterfly with transparent, as if made of fine glass wings, known as Greta oto. It is a butterfly of the family Nymphalidae (Nymphalidae) and subfamilies Danaides (Danainae). Adults “glass” butterflies feed on the nectar of many different varieties of plants. Propagated this butterfly laying eggs on plants in the genus tsestrum.
During this power plant caterpillar “glass” butterfly accumulate in their tissues and toxic substances as a result of adult butterfly will be able to scare off encroaching on her birds and other predators.
Translucent wings of this butterfly, with a wingspan of 5.6 to 6.1 centimeters (2.2 to 2.4 inches). 
In English this butterfly is called glasswinged butterfly, which means “butterfly wings glass,” and in Spanish it sounds like the name of espejitos, which means “little mirrors.”
Its name this unusual butterfly must ensure that tissue between the veins of the wings look like glass, they are completely transparent.