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Greta Oto, the Glass Winged Butterfly

Glass winged butterfly

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The Greta Oto or the glass-winged butterfly, is a butterfly that has attractive transparent wings with an opaque lining along the edges. It is mainly been found in Mexico and along the panama Islands. One of the surprises it has for people who study the lives of these organisms is that there are some debates about where it lays its eggs. Some have pointed to some grounds around the places where it is found. But evidence has pointed to the fact that it lays its eggs on the leaves of plants. A fully developed adult can easily be seen in the groups when time comes for migration. They have been known to migrate for long distances as compared to other species of butterflies.

When the glass winged butterfly lays eggs, the caterpillar that later develops from the larva is considered to be toxic. For this reason, this caterpillar is not eaten by predators. In fact, even a fully grown butterfly is considered to be toxic

Glass winged butterfly

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and is not eaten too. This is mainly attributed to its feeding on toxic vegetation by the male butterflies. These males use the chemicals from such plants to develop features that attract females. In fact, this is one feature which has helped in marking its survival amongst a series of possible predators.

The wings of a glass winged butterfly have been estimated to be between 56milimeters to 61 millimeters. The body of this amazing butterfly is also something intriguing enough to capture even the attention of the busiest individual. First, it has those elegant translucent wings with edges ranging in color from brown to red or generally opaque. But the body is completely dark in color. The feature of having colorless wings seems to have been so distinctive that its Spanish name is espijitos which, when translated, in English literally means little mirrors. Perhaps that is why even in many other languages that have attempted to give is unique names have all ended up having something to say about the main feature.


Butterflies taste with their feet

Butterfly (often called as flying flowers) is a beautiful day-flying insect that have been found in
this world from about 40-50 million years ago. The have large and colorful scaly wings due to which they are good fliers. They are among the beautiful creatures on the earth. They are found everywhere in the world except Antarctica.

As butterflies are insects, they have six legs, a pair of antenna, chest and the tail end. They also
have 4 stages of life like other insects i-e egg, larva pupa and adult. Their body temperature should be above 86 farenheit that helps them to fly properly and without any problem.

There are about 28000 species of butterflies and among all the species, 20,000 of them are found in the rainforests of South America. There are also many varieties that are poisonous. The amazing thing about the butterflies’ flying speed is that they can fly from about 5 mph to 30 mph. The poisonous ones fly slower while the non-poisonous flies faster.

Some facts about Butterflies:

  • They are cold-blooded and they need sun because they do not produce metabolic heat like humans.
  • They taste with their feet because their taste sensors are located on the bottom of their feet. So just by standing on a leaf or flower they can taste it to check whether they should sit on it or not.
  • If you touch a butterfly it will be killed, reason is when you touch it, the color of the wings may be rubbed off that are actually the scales that are neatly arranged in rows.
  • Their average life span is 20 to 40 days while there are some species that can live up to 10 months.
  • Instead of mouths, they have a long straw-like structure (proboscis), so they can’t chew or byte but drink the nectar and juices from flowers.
  • Butterflies are bone-less but they have about 1000 muscles in their body which help them to move faster.
  • Although they make no sound, but some species make a loud sound with their wings, such butterflies are found in Florida and Texas.
  • They can’t hear, they just feel vibrations.

Although there are thousands varieties of this colorful creature but some most famous are Monarch, Australian Painted Lady, Peacock Butterfly, Leopard Lacewing and Blue Morpho.


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