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   CaliforniaMama  Thursday Aug 18 10:37 AM

August 18, 2011 Glasswing Butterfly

Translucent wings: Other than jellies, does any other creature come this close to being invisible?

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In order to achieve transparency the tissue must not absorb light. Neither can it scatter light, as this is the major obstacle to being see-through. Humans, for example, will never be able to be transparent because they have chemical and biological compounds that all have different refraction.

The wings of the glasswing must, therefore, have the same refractive index all the way through them as otherwise this transparency could not possibly occur. It is thought (a postulation at the moment rather than sure fire fact) that the surface of the wing has a covering of protrusions that are so small they can be called submicroscopic. They have a single refractive index and so do not scatter light, so making the wings transparent.


Image Credit Flickr User Sandy_R

via The Ark In Space



HungLikeJesus  Thursday Aug 18 10:52 AM

And it has a giant nose ring.

That's cool!



BigV  Thursday Aug 18 11:10 AM

Nose ring? Actually, that looks like a tongue ring. Or at least a ring of tongue.



Coign  Thursday Aug 18 11:23 AM

Nah, it is the new hotness, a head ring.



Coign  Thursday Aug 18 11:27 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by CaliforniaMama View Post
Other than jellies, does any other creature come this close to being invisible?
P.S. Challenge Accepted.

http://www.oddee.com/item_96585.aspx


Trilby  Thursday Aug 18 01:32 PM

Mother Nature is Awesome!

thanks for these finds, calimama!



lupin..the..3rd  Thursday Aug 18 06:23 PM

I'm thinking a tangy ginger sauce would be nice with this one.



jimhelm  Thursday Aug 18 07:36 PM

Quote:
Humans, for example, will never be able to be transparent


pah.


CaliforniaMama  Thursday Aug 18 08:13 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Coign View Post
P.S. Challenge Accepted.

http://www.oddee.com/item_96585.aspx
Great find!

It is interesting that except for the frog and butterfly, all the other transparent creatures are sea creatures. I guess no land/air creatures have found invisibility to be an advantage the way deep sea creatures do.


Aliantha  Thursday Aug 18 08:14 PM

That is a beautiful image cali. Thanks.



Griff  Friday Aug 19 06:18 PM

Wow nice image!



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