Animals Wildlife Photo: The Beguiling Wings of an Orange Cracker Butterfly By Melissa Breyer Editorial Director Hunter College F.I.T., State University of New York Cornell University Melissa Breyer is Treehugger’s editorial director. She is a sustainability expert and author whose work has been published by the New York Times and National Geographic, among others. our editorial process Melissa Breyer Updated August 13, 2020 Jhonatan Faria / Flickr Share Twitter Pinterest Email Animals Wildlife Pets Animal Rights Endangered Species Our photo of the day comes from Rio Branco do Sul, Brazil. I just can't get over the pattern on the wings of this orange cracker butterfly (Hamadryas fornax fornax), photographed in southern Brazil by Jhonatan Faria. Is it any wonder that artists and designers are so inspired by Mother Nature? And the wings of this beauty may not even be its most distinctive trait. Commonly known as Crackers, there are 20 member of the genus Hamadryas, mostly found in Central and South America. The males create a crackling sound when flying, possibly as a way to assert their territorial claims. Would you like to see your nature photo featured as the TreeHugger photo of the day? Join TreeHugger’s Reader Photo Pool on Flickr and add your pictures to the group. Alternatively, send it to email@example.com with "photo of the day" in the subject line.