Glasswing Butterfly



This is a species of lepidopteron from the family Nymphalidae. It is commonly called the Glasswing Butterfly. They make a very interesting long migration and mostly feed on nectar from a big variety of tropical flowers such as “Lantanas” which belong to the mint family and from other plants that belong to the Asteraceae (Sunflower family). Glasswing Butterflies prefer to lay their eggs on Solanaceae (Tomato Family). The green larvae eat from toxic plants, this is how they storage toxins in its tissue; what makes them toxic to the possible predators. (Ants and others)

The adult butterfly is also toxic but in this case because the males feed on nectar from flowers that have alkaloids for example: the family Asteraceae (ageratum) commonly called in Spanish “Santalucias”. These alkaloids cut also turn into pheromones to help them attract the females.

Glasswing Butterfly is easily found in the Cala Lodge gardens.

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