Photo: The Tricky Eye of a Blushing Phantom Butterfly

Close up of a butterfly against a dark background

Andreas Kay / flickr

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.