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Old 08-18-2011, 09:37 AM   #1
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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.


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Old 08-18-2011, 09:52 AM   #2
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And it has a giant nose ring.

That's cool!
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Old 08-18-2011, 10:10 AM   #3
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Nose ring? Actually, that looks like a tongue ring. Or at least a ring of tongue.
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Old 08-18-2011, 10:23 AM   #4
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Nah, it is the new hotness, a head ring.
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Other than jellies, does any other creature come this close to being invisible?
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Old 08-18-2011, 12:32 PM   #6
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thanks for these finds, calimama!
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Old 08-18-2011, 05:23 PM   #7
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I'm thinking a tangy ginger sauce would be nice with this one.
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Old 08-18-2011, 06:36 PM   #8
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Humans, for example, will never be able to be transparent


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Old 08-18-2011, 07:13 PM   #9
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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.
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Old 08-18-2011, 07:14 PM   #10
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That is a beautiful image cali. Thanks.
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Old 08-19-2011, 05:18 PM   #11
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Wow nice image!
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