‘It’s a Wonderful World’ (2001) is the first work in Hirst’s series of 'Kaleidoscope' paintings , in which thousands of butterfly wings are placed in intricate patterns reminiscent of stained-glass windows.

[1] Damien Hirst cited in Damien Hirst, ‘I Want to Spend the Rest of My Life Everywhere, with Everyone, One to One, Always, Forever, Now’ (Booth-Clibborn Editions; Reduced edition, 2005), 118

‘It’s a Wonderful World’ (2001) is the first work in Hirst’s series of 'Kaleidoscope' paintings , in which thousands of butterfly wings are placed in intricate patterns reminiscent of stained-glass windows.

[1] Damien Hirst cited in Damien Hirst, ‘I Want to Spend the Rest of My Life Everywhere, with Everyone, One to One, Always, Forever, Now’ (Booth-Clibborn Editions; Reduced edition, 2005), 118

These butterflies are known as Greta Oto and are members of the clearwing clade. Due to their beautiful transparent wings, they are also called glasswing or espejitos (“little mirrors”).

Kingdom: Animalia
Division: Rhopalocera
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Greta
Species: G. oto
Wingspan: 56-58mm
Forewing length: 27-31mm
Abundance: Common
Larval host plants:
Cestrum lanatum
Cestrum racemosum
Cestrum sp. ?San Luis?
Early stages: Solitary

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