This rare tropical butterfly with transparent wings is used by rainforest ecologists as an indication of high habitat quality and its demise alerts them of ecological change.
to Columbia, Bolivia, Peru, and Ecuador, the glasswing butterfly is
usually observed feeding or flying high in the subcanopy of the
tropical forest in the Andes Mountains. Members of the species,
scientifically classified as Godyris duillia, frequently
inhabit elevations of approximately 1,400 meters.
As human populations grow, butterfly populations tend to shrink. Thus, the future of the exotic glasswing butterfly is uncertain. As part of the growing international trade of butterflies, specimens are often taken from the wild, but may also be cultivated for sale on butterfly ranches. Intensive farming with agrochemicals and increased ranching in the Andes greatly threaten the glasswing species and its associates. Other activities that make room for man, such as extensive logging and coal mining, also devastate the crucial habitat of the glasswings. Source