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Deidamia Morpho

Morpho deidamia

2 Species ID Suggestions

Giant Blue Morpho
Morpho didius Morpho didius
bayucca
bayucca 9 years ago
Deidamia Morpho
Morpho deidamia Butterflies of Amazonia - Morpho deidamia


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4 Comments

bayucca
bayucca 9 years ago

This is part of the game... Imagine you are a bird in the rainforest looking for fine food of a Blue Morpho. The only thing you see is every 10 m an intense blue, very fast moving glitter, like a rabbit on the field, always changing direction. Between there is the darkness of the rainforest. You have as bird NO chance to follow the Morpho and you are not able to catch it. And if the Morpho is resting on a leaf it is almost invisible. So, no Morpho for the bird and you should not try to catch a spiky caterpillar ;-)...

RosaJessen
RosaJessen 9 years ago

Thank you!!! It was really hard to tell with the details with the picture I had. I think you are right, it is is Morpho deidamia. The individuals I had seen during the day were Giant Blue Morphos. Well, it is so hard to keep up with them in the jungle, they are not that fast but they never stop flying, at least not when you want a picture of them ;)

bayucca
bayucca 9 years ago

This is not Morpho didius or Morpho menelaus didius, but Morpho deidamia. If you look at the forewings there is in Didius quite a remarkable "bow", which is not seen in yours. And Deidamia is the only Morpho with these also very remarkable clutter of quite fine stripes allover the wings. Note also the white scalopped marking on the forewing (next to the margin), also typical for Deidamia. There are several different subspecies in Peru/Colombia/Ecuador. You probably need the native specimen to get down to subspecies.
Didius: http://www.butterfliesofamerica.com/L/ih...
Deidamia: http://www.butterfliesofamerica.com/L/mo...

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 9 years ago

Stunning!

RosaJessen
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RosaJessen

Loreto, Peru

Spotted on Jun 2, 2009
Submitted on Aug 16, 2012

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