8 Animals That You Can Literally See Right Through

4. Moon Jellyfish

The moon jellyfish is mostly translucent and ranges in size from 10 to 16 inches in diameter. While its light, floating body appears graceful and delicate, the moon jelly is tougher than it looks. It boasts tentacles covered with stinging cells to hunt its prey.

3. Glass Frog

The glass frog, while not completely transparent, has a see-through abdomen, from which its internal organs can be seen. This frog can grow up to three inches in length, and lives mostly in the trees of Central and South America. Its diet consists of soft-bodied insects, and it breeds near rivers and streams.

2. Glasswinged Butterfly

The glasswinged butterfly boasts gorgeous wings that look like panes of stained glass. It lives in Central and South America, though this butterfly is known to be able to travel great lengths to migrate. And predators should beware: these fragile, flying insects are actually toxic because of the plants upon which they feed, making them more threatening than they appear.

1. Golden Tortoise Beetle

The golden tortoise beetle is a small, striking insect that has a clear outer covering over its body, which can vary in color from gold to reddish-brown. Commonly referred to as “goldbugs,” they live in North America.

These transparent animals prove that life comes in all sorts of shapes, sizes, and certainly colors. It can be beautiful to take in — even when those animals are harder to see.

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