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Blue Morpho Butterfly

Morpho menelaus

Description:

Approximately 4 in (10cm) wingspan. Wings are bright iridescent blue when open. At rest, with wings closed, it is well camouflaged. Probably a male.

Habitat:

Usually see these flying through open areas along rivers and streams or in other clearings in the forest. Fairly common around the Explorama Lodges in the Napo River area.

Notes:

This photo was taken many years ago - before GPS and digital cameras became common tools.

No species ID suggestions

17 Comments

JenniferRichardson
JenniferRichardson 5 years ago

Sure hope to catch a glimpse of one in a few short weeks!

Beautiful, I see them all the time and I have not been able to take a picture with the wings open, they are so fast when flying but it is the only time I see their gorgeous iridescent blue color.

jakewade97
jakewade97 6 years ago

Very nice

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 6 years ago

Lovely!

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 7 years ago

Great photo of a stunning butterfly -well done and congratulations !!

Putra Ramadhan
Putra Ramadhan 7 years ago

Nice colour

KarenL
KarenL 7 years ago

Lovely!
Welcome to Project Noah!

AmazonWorkshops
AmazonWorkshops 7 years ago

Yay! Thanks!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 7 years ago

Wonderful Photo and butterfly.
Congratulations.

Yasser
Yasser 7 years ago

Congratulations, this blue beauty was selected as Spotting of the Day!

"With a wingspan of nearly 6in (15cm), the Blue Morpho is the iridescent beauty of Central and South America, leaving brief flashes of blue as it travels above the forest canopy."

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Hans.New
Hans.New 7 years ago

It´s a great shot, so there is lot of reaction :-) And that´s absolutely ok for this picture.

AmazonWorkshops
AmazonWorkshops 7 years ago

Thanks everyone! I never imagined that there would be this much activity within the first hour of our launch on Project Noah. How exciting! What a great community to be a part of.

MaryEvans2
MaryEvans2 7 years ago

Beautiful butterfly and photo!

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 7 years ago

Beautiful AmazonWorkshops! Welcome to Project Noah.

SusanEllison
SusanEllison 7 years ago

Christy: I was in Costa Rica too but no luck plus I was just begining to learn photography. this one is really stunning!

ChristyHolland
ChristyHolland 7 years ago

Beautiful!! I have a picture of this butterfly in Costa Rica, but he never opened his wings!! Stunning blue!!

SusanEllison
SusanEllison 7 years ago

this is the best shot...they are so hard to captured with wings open

Indiana, Loreto, Peru

Lat: -3.25, Long: -72.95

Spotted on Jul 8, 1995
Submitted on Feb 9, 2012

Reference

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