Clearwing Butterfly

Common Name: Clearwing Butterfly

Order Name: Lepidoptera

Family Name: Ithomiidae

These ethereal and delicate tropical forest butterflies are often lured out of their seclusion by the chemicals found in dried Heliotropes. Their wings lack the usual dense covering of scales that give other butterflies their distinct coloration. This transparency renders these clearwing butterflies elusive as they appear and disappear in the dense forest undergrowth. After observing these butterflies, it is easy to see how numerous butterfly wings adorn the backs of fairies.