Wednesday, September 27, 2006

The Glasswing Butterfly

This butterfly lives in South America

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 it's 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).


Carol said...

I love these pictures Tonniece. One of my students at QU, knowing my love of butterflies, sent me these pictures. I can see them made with irridescent tissue paper. That is something I have been wanting to try for a while now but haven't had the time. Mybe I will now having seen them again.

I loved your cards. The spider's web is a particular favourite of mine. There you go again inspiring us to create something beautiful.

Enjoy your day,


Tonniece said...


Good morning, I thought these were so unique I had to share them.
How wonderful, I would love to see them done in the tissue paper.

Someone else inspired me to do the cards. So I guess as you said "what goes around, comes around".


platitudinal said...

I've never seen this type of butterfly before. Breathtaking! Thank you for sharing, Tonniece :)

Tonniece said...


You are quite welcome. These just fasinated me when I saw them. Amazing how many things are out there, never seen by human eyes. This is a first for me too.