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Blue Morpho Butterfly

Morpho peleides

Description:

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, on the other hand, is a dull brown color with many eyespots, providing camouflage against predators such as birds and insects when its wings are closed.

Habitat:

Blue morphos live in the tropical forests of Latin America from Mexico to Colombia.

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3 Comments

MaryEvans2
MaryEvans2 9 years ago

Beautiful

artistatheart
artistatheart 10 years ago

I photographed this beauty at the Tennessee Aquarium.

Norman Celis
Norman Celis 10 years ago

great shot...

artistatheart
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Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA

Spotted on Sep 25, 2011
Submitted on Sep 26, 2011

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