Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Glasswings at Earnley

Greta oto, Glasswing

Yesterday afternoon I visited Earnley butterfly exhibit again and was rewarded with 2 Glasswings in excellent condition. I have only seen these once before at Wisley 2 years ago so was very pleased with their appearance. There was also a new Swallowtail which Mark has identified as a Papilio erostratus, the Ruby-spotted Swallowtail.
Black Swallowtail, Parides zacynthus polymetus
Caligo memnon, Owl
Owl larva
Owl pupa
Greta oto, Glasswing
with flash the wing membrane can be seen.

Greta oto, Glasswing
 In natural light the wing membranes are transparent

Greta oto, Glasswing
Heliconius melpomene (rosina or amaryllis)
Postman butterfly
Heliconius sara, Sara Longwing
Heliconius sara, Sara Longwing showing nectar on the proboscis
Idea leuconoe, Tree Nymph
Lantana - the butterfly plant
Papilio dardanus f hippocoon,
African Mocker Swallowtail

Papilio erostratus, Ruby-spotted Swallowtail, female
Papilio erostratus, Ruby-spotted Swallowtail, female

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