Ecuador, Maquipucuna Reserve
While walking along a trail in the Maquipucuna Preserve, I found this delicate glasswing butterfly. She allowed me to take many photographs before she fluttered on her way. Glasswing butterflies are also called clearwings due to the transulcent scales on the butterfly's wing. In the shade, one can see straight through them to the vegetation. In the sunlinght, the wings shimmer like a stained glass window of turquoise, orange, green and red. Tropical ecologists use the presence of glasswing butterflies as an indication of high habitat quality. As I kept walking, I noticed many other glasswings, some of the same species and some of others. It appeared as if the entire forest was filled with glasswing butterflies - an incredible sight and a great indication of a healthy sustainable forest!
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