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Morpho Butterfly

Morpho deidamia

Description:

A Morpho butterfly may be one of over 29 accepted species and 147 accepted subspecies of butterflies in the genus Morpho. They are Neotropical butterflies found mostly in South America as well as Mexico and Central America. Morphos range in wingspan from the 7.5 cm (3 inch) M. rhodopteron to the imposing 20 cm (8 inch) Sunset Morpho, M. hecuba. The name Morpho, meaning changed or modified, is also an epithet of Aphrodite and Venus.

1 Species ID Suggestions

bayucca
bayucca 8 years ago
Morpho Butterfly
Morpho deidamia Morpho deidamia neoptolemus (type specimens)


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5 Comments

rams4d
rams4d 7 years ago

Nice picture

LuisStevens
LuisStevens 8 years ago

Beautiful find Cody!

bayucca
bayucca 8 years ago

Personally I would not dare to go down to subspecies level. To my knowledge Mariae is quite a new described subspecies (Blandin 2007) and all I had seen were from Tingo Maria, Peru (probably that is the reason for the name). There are at least 14 subspecies of Deidamia and within these subspecies another 25 different forms in the neotropics. I think it is not possible to determine yours without DNA comparison.
I suggest that you take yours as Morpho deidamia, Marbled Morpho:
http://www.learnaboutbutterflies.com/Ama...

Cody.conway
Cody.conway 8 years ago

Updated to Morpho deidamia mariae - Blue Morpho was the common name in the amazon when these butterflies were seen - more of a catch all description.

bayucca
bayucca 8 years ago

Looking at the blue parts of the forewing I am sceptic about Menelaus. This one would have almost the whole wings blue:
http://www.butterfliesofamerica.com/L/mo...
In my eyes yours look more like Morpho deidamia. What do you think?
http://www.ebay.de/itm/LOT-OF-3-MORPHO-D...
http://www.insectdesigns.com/Morpho-deid...
The last links are not really trustable, but I guess they have it right, looking at the BOA link.

Cody.conway
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Cody.conway

Parroquia Nuevo Rocafuerte, Provincia de Orellana, Ecuador

Spotted on May 17, 2013
Submitted on Jun 19, 2013

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