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By martinjp
Greta oto is a brush-footed butterfly,and is a member of the clearwing clade. Its wingspan is 2.2 to 2.4 in (5.6 to 6.1 cm).
Adults range from Mexico through Panama. G. oto visits common flowers like lantana, but prefers to lay its eggs on plants of the tropical nightshade genus Cestrum. The red and purple striped caterpillars feed on these toxic plants and store the alkaloids in their tissues, making them distasteful to predators such as birds.they retain their toxicity in adulthood. The same alkaloids that make them poisonous also are converted into pheromones by the males, which use them to attract females. G. oto adults also exhibit a number of interesting behaviors, such as long migrations and lekking among males.

Thanks for my C&C's for my Green Iguana...As ever, much appreciated, Have a good night everyone, thanks for looking, Martin. Smile

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maryg Plus
9 66 18 Scotland
2 Dec 2009 8:28PM
What a beauty, like stained glass

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2 Dec 2009 8:33PM
Now thats different . Never see a butterfly like this one . Very well captured ,and good detail.
2 Dec 2009 8:36PM
Nicely captured Martin i found these hard to focus on, well done
Stunning macro, Martin. Superbly sharp and excellent detail.
Glyn1 Plus
8 4 1 England
2 Dec 2009 8:38PM
Such a lovely delicate shot. Good work.

baclark Plus
8 3.7k 24 United Kingdom
2 Dec 2009 8:40PM
What an interesting beastie Martin, good info too.
gary_d Plus
10 576 13 Wales
2 Dec 2009 8:41PM
This is a super image with such clarity and a very informative write up. - gary
Mynett Plus
9 142 6 United Kingdom
2 Dec 2009 8:50PM
love it

2 Dec 2009 9:07PM
Fantastic shot Martin and an educational write up.Great stuff.
Superb shot Martin - well done

andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
2 Dec 2009 9:48PM
fantastic detail wonderful colours martin a stunning capture shortlisted nice one Wink
8 10 10 England
2 Dec 2009 9:59PM
Superb detail and colour - a super image.
2 Dec 2009 10:29PM
superb capture
2 Dec 2009 10:46PM
gorgeous presentation and write up Martin
EAS Plus
8 1 13 Scotland
2 Dec 2009 11:33PM
Superb, Martin! Only discovered these wonderful butterflies when I joined epz and am as thrilled by beautiful images of them, such as this, as the 1st time I saw them!

3 Dec 2009 12:33AM
Superb macro capture Martin and good detail. Gary
Super Shot Martin, the detail is incredible and definitely shortlisted for this week. Smile

PinkK 8 80 1 United Kingdom
3 Dec 2009 6:22AM
Superb capture
3 Dec 2009 6:50AM
What a fabulous capture, Martin, love the colours, details, presentation and write up.
3 Dec 2009 8:22AM
Beautiful image Martin, well presented.
3 Dec 2009 8:33AM
Great shot
3 Dec 2009 8:48AM
Fabulous close up Martin, superb colours and detail, interesting write up too.

colmar Plus
10 42 35 Scotland
3 Dec 2009 10:22AM
Great image captured so very well the colour detail and narrative superb thanks for sharing Colin
Techno Plus
9 2.4k 8 England
3 Dec 2009 11:40AM
Quite superb!

Gecko Plus
11 25 Australia
3 Dec 2009 2:15PM
Such beautiful butterflies. Pam
gingerdelight Plus
11 298 11 United Kingdom
3 Dec 2009 3:40PM
A beautifully presented close up.
Bob_V Plus
10 1 2 United States
3 Dec 2009 5:58PM
Wow, such a beautiful capture, such great clarity and pin sharp.
Great shot, wonderful butterfly, just like stained glass.

goso Plus
11 2 1 Australia
3 Dec 2009 8:40PM
Beautiful, Martin - what wonderful creatures these "Glasswing" are...Bill
4 Dec 2009 5:36PM
just brilliant
stunning shot... congrats on the award too Smile
7 Dec 2009 1:16PM
What a belter!!!
31 Dec 2009 11:39PM
it looks like glass see madbob he has some nice close up
25 Feb 2012 6:31PM
Nice find!

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