Cithaerias aurorina – the Blushing Phantom
15x15x6cm frame (black)
These glasswing butterflies live in the darkest, dampest, most deeply shaded areas of rainforest, and are mainly active in the twilight hours. When disturbed, they flit back into the undergrowth.
The wings are completely transparent apart from the pink blushes and the delicate eye spots.
They are found from Mexico and on southwards to South America, with this specimen coming from Peru.
This butterfly has been prepared in the UK to museum standards and is displayed in a deep handmade shadowbox frame, mounted on white conservation-grade foam. The back of the frame is covered in really special Italian decorative paper, with a brass hook for hanging it on the wall (but it also stands perfectly on a mantlepiece or a table). It is completely sealed inside the frame and will last for generations.