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Know more about Blue Morpho Butterfly

Know more about Blue Morpho Butterfly

Morpho Butterfly

A Blue Morpho Butterfly is approximately the size of your fist.

The morpho butterflies comprise many species of Neotropical butterfly under the genus Morpho. This genus includes more than 29 accepted species and 147 accepted subspecies, found mostly in South America, Mexico, and Central America. (Source:en.wikipedia.org)

Wing

Morpho butterflies are native to tropical forests throughout Central and South America and other parts of the world.

As its common name implies, the blue morpho butterfly’s wings are bright blue, edged with black. The blue morpho is among the largest butterflies in the world, with wings spanning from five to eight inches. Their vivid, iridescent blue coloring is a result of the microscopic scales on the backs of their wings, which reflect light. The underside of the morpho’s wings is a dull brown color with many eyespots, providing camouflage against predators such as birds and insects when its wings are closed. When the blue morpho flies, the contrasting bright blue and dull brown colors flash, making it look like the morpho is appearing and disappearing. The males’ wings are broader than those of the females and appear to be brighter in color. Blue morphos, like other butterflies, also have two clubbed antennas, two fore wings and two hind wings, six legs and three body segments—the head, thorax and abdomen. (Source:www.rainforest-alliance.org)

Color

The blue morpho butterfly is one of nine known species of the Glossaptes family. It is a brightly colored butterfly with a black, yellow, and bright blue outlines. The morpho can reach sizes of thirty-five to forty centimeters. They live and fly in tropical rainforests, although only for a limited time period. They have iridescent feathers, and their wings are typically dark brown or black with a mottled purple or green with a blue underside.

“The color patterns seen on the wings are important for things such as warning coloration, mimicry, sexual selection, and camouflage,” Patel says. “Getting those patterns right is important to the survival and reproductive success of the butterfly or moth.” (Source:www.sciencefriday.com)

 

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