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Iori Tomita’s Transparent Specimens Are Out of This World

When Iori Tomita being creating his transparent specimens, he did it for merely scientific reasons. Specifically, to allow for easier study of their skeletal systems. Now, however, they have taken on a much more significant role for the Japanese scientist: to help people feel closer to the wonders of life. The specimens come to be through a process combining both old world taxidermy and new world science. Tomita begins by taking specimens which have been preserved in formaldehyde and removes their scales and skin. Next, he soaks them in a dye which stains the bones magenta and cartilage blue. Timing is important, as they must be soaked and then removed at just the right time, or the specimen will lose it’s form. And while the steps may be few, the effort required is not; each specimen takes between 5 months to a year to complete. Iori states that some view his transparent specimens as art, some as academic material, and some even as an entrance to philosophy, but all that matters to him is that all see it as entrance to a new, never before seen world. View more of Tomita’s specimens at his website.

Source: Iori Tomita via Wired

Iori Tomita's Transparent Specimens

See through creatures created for both art and science

Colorful, psychedelic animals

Colorful, psychedelic animals

Iori Tomita's Transparent Specimens

See through creatures created for both art and science

Colorful, psychedelic animals

See through creatures created for both art and science

Colorful, psychedelic animals

Iori Tomita's Transparent Specimens

Colorful, psychedelic animals

See through creatures created for both art and science

Colorful, psychedelic animals

Iori Tomita's Transparent Specimens

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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

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