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Blue Morpho Butterfly

Morpho menelaus


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


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.


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

No species ID suggestions


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 6 years ago

Very nice

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 6 years ago


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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 7 years ago

Welcome to Project Noah!

AmazonWorkshops 7 years ago

Yay! Thanks!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 7 years ago

Wonderful Photo and butterfly.

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."


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 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 7 years ago

Beautiful butterfly and photo!

DanielePralong 7 years ago

Beautiful AmazonWorkshops! Welcome to Project Noah.

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 7 years ago

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

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


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