Biologists Unlock the Secrets of ‘Invisible’ Animals

From glasswing butterflies to vanishing octopuses, evolution sometimes paints with colors that aren’t there.

This story originally appeared on Atlas Obscura and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration.

While trekking through the Peruvian rain forest, an eight-hour boat ride from the nearest jungle settlement, biologist Aaron Pomerantz saw what seemed like tiny invisible jets zipping across the trail. “I was out there with a net trying to catch things,” he says, “and these just changed direction and vanished.”

It was his first close encounter with clear-winged butterflies, insects that inhabit Central and South American forests

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