Butterflies

There are over 17,500 species around the world, and each of them has its own unique features.  They have bright colors and can commonly be found near flowers, making them pretty familiar to humans. The butterfly wings are very majestic and beautiful, but they are not only there for decoration, as some butterflies’ wings are designed to protect them from predators using camouflage. Other butterfly species use their wings to trap heat for insulating themselves.

One of the most extraordinary butterflies is the glasswing butterfly. Although their scientific name is Greta oto, the species is often referred to as glasswinged because of its completely transparent wings, which are used to camouflage them from predators. The glasswing butterfly is commonly found in parts of Central and South America. The glasswing butterfly may be pretty, but it’s also poisonous. Its diet consists of poison-filled caterpillars, which in turn also makes them poisonous.

The glasswing butterfly

Kallima inachus, the orange oakleaf, also referred to as the dead leaf butterfly, can be found living all over Asia from India to Japan. This butterfly is referred to as dead leaf because when its wings are closed, it perfectly resembles a dead or fallen brown leaf. Although its colors aren’t vibrant or bright, it still has an amazingly shocking appearance. As you could have guessed, its leaf-like wings are used to camalouge from its predators. 

The dead leaf butterfly

The largest butterfly in Africa is the Papillio antimachus, with a wingspan between 18 and 23 centimeters. This butterfly is also referred to as the world’s scariest butterfly because of its large size. Not only is its size scary, but it’s also one of the most poisonous butterflies in the entire world.

The largest butterfly in Africa

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