Photo: The Beguiling Wings of an Orange Cracker Butterfly

An orange cracker butterfly on a tree branch

Jhonatan Faria / Flickr

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 with "photo of the day" in the subject line.