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The great North American migration: a butterfly extravaganza

It is perhaps the quietest animal migration on earth, so quiet in fact that until the 1970s no one even knew it happened. Every fall monarch butterfly populations of the United States and southern Canada head south to overwintering sites in Mexico. They go in search of food and warmer climes, a migratory journey that can take these delicate creatures two months to complete. Some will have traveled 3,000 miles, a seemingly formidable task for such a small and delicate a creature as a butterfly.MonarchInMexicoThen, each March the next generations of monarchs return north, arriving home in July, having flown 50 to 100 miles every day for several weeks helped only by the wind and their fat reserves. It is the only butterfly known to perform such a migration, more likely seen in birds and larger animals, and although monarch butterflies can be found across the globe, the great North American migration is carried out by just one subspecies increasingly threatened by habitat loss and disease.MonarchMigrationMapThey roost in huge numbers climbing into the millions on oyamel fir trees in just a few special mountain sanctuaries such as Sierra Chincua outside of the town of Angangueo in central Mexico. Completely covering the trees, they have been known to break the branches of the oyamels with their combined weight, despite the fact each individual weighs less than a gram. Even more astonishingly, the butterflies arrive at the same trees generation after generation, somehow knowing their destination without ever having seen it for themselves.monarchPairBonSecourRefugeThe oyamel trees – also known as the sacred fir – create a microclimate which protects the butterflies from the worst of the weather, preventing temperatures rising too high or dropping too low, while clustering together also helps the creatures keep warm. To see the dark orange stained-glass patterning of the wings huddled among others on the trees, or the insects sweeping around the forest like the dropping leaves of fall is one of nature’s most astonishing spectacles.Metamorphosis MonarchOnNewEngland images: fws.gov

Yumi Okita’s Textile Moth and Butterfly Sculptures

North Carolina based artist Yumi Okita creates some absolutely beautiful textile moth and butterfly sculptures. The fabric pieces are actually quite large, with some being up to a foot in size from wing to wing. The process for sculpting each of the creatures is quite painstaking, with Yumi taking great care to craft the wings and bodies with just the right detail and color. Meant to resemble the real things as much as possible, each moth and butterfly has intricate patterns on their wings that have colors which fade in and out perfectly. If you’d like to have one of these beautiful winged sculptures for yourself, visit Yumi’s Etsy shop.

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The Transparent Butterfly “Greta Oto’s” Beauty Will Amaze You

The transparent butterfly, better known as the Glasswinged Butterfly (scientific name Greta oto), is mostly found in Panama, Colombia, and Mexico but has been known to migrate all the way to Florida. Its 5.5 to 6cm wings lack the colored scales found in other species, hence the obvious name. Also unusual in the Greta oto is its practice of lekking, where groups of males gather in large competitive displays to entice females before mating season. Today, we bring you 14 pictures of this gorgeous butterfly and its translucent wings.

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The transparent butterfly Greta Oto, better known as the Glasswinged ButterflyImage Credit: swamibu

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The transparent butterfly Greta Oto, better known as the Glasswinged ButterflyImage Credit: bgdphotooftheday

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The transparent butterfly Greta Oto, better known as the Glasswinged ButterflyImage Credit: relativedeprivation

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The transparent butterfly Greta Oto, better known as the Glasswinged ButterflyImage Credit: swamibu

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Greta Oto is a butterfly whose wings you can see throughImage Credit: Sophie L. Miller

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The transparent butterfly Greta Oto, better known as the Glasswinged ButterflyImage Credit: Kal Ahmed

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Greta Oto is a butterfly whose wings you can see throughImage Credit: David Fre

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The transparent butterfly Greta Oto, better known as the Glasswinged ButterflyImage Credit: David Tiller

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Greta Oto is a butterfly whose wings you can see throughImage Credit: lepidoptera

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Pictures of the glass winged butterflyImage Credit: Len Radin

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The transparent butterfly Greta Oto, better known as the Glasswinged ButterflyImage Credit: Sophie L. Miller

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Pictures of the glass winged butterflyImage Credit: Ashley Cohen

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The transparent butterfly Greta Oto, better known as the Glasswinged ButterflyImage Credit: imgur

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Pictures of the glass winged butterflyImage Credit: betanut

Amaze your friends with these pictures of the transparent butterfly!