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).