A tiny, beautiful thing.
Found primarily in Central America (Mexico through Panama), the glasswinged butterfly’s name in Spanish is Espejitos which translates as little mirrors. In certain lights, the translucent wing parts have a glossy, almost reflective quality to them that makes their Spanish name effectively accurate. Whether they’re seen as glass or mirrors, though, there’s something absolutely fascinating about the way these butterflies’ wings offer a surreal look at the environment around the insect. It’s like they’re tiny ornaments designed to draw the eye to the scenic appeal of nature.
( Dalí much? )
Andrew Moore, National Time clock, former Cass Technical High School building, 2009, digital chromogenic print scanned from film negative, 34 x 27 in., Collection of Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell, currently on view at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC as part of Moore’s exhibit “Detroit Disassembled.”