Animals Wildlife Photo: The Tricky Eye of a Blushing Phantom 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 Andreas Kay / flickr Share Twitter Pinterest Email Animals Wildlife Pets Animal Rights Endangered Species Our photo of the day comes from the rainforest of Ecuador. Oh, nature, you mischievous thing! It's no accident that this blushing phantom butterfly (Cithaerias pireta), photographed by Andreas Kay, is adorned with a perfectly rendered eye, complete with a glint of light shining from the "pupil." Many a creature sport similar eyespots which work to confuse and deter predators. So very clever. 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.