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Purple Mort Bleu – Eryphanis polyxena
Wingspread: 3.6-4.1 inches.
Range: Guatemala to Brazil
Elevational range: Sea Level to 2,400 feet.
This large butterfly is found in the shady understory of lowland and premontane rainforest habitats, where at a distance, it gives the appearance of being a Caligo butterfly because of the bluish to purple markings on portions of the wings. At rest the wings quickly close to conceal the dorsal surfaces and a much more cryptic brownish ventral surface makes it hard to spot. There are small eyespots on the underside of the hindwing that are similar to but much smaller than those of the Caligo butterflies.
The Host plants on which the caterpillars feed include members of the bamboo family (Poaceae), including Lasiacis procerrima and Paspalum virgatum. The Purple Mort Bleu is readily attracted to feet on rotten bananas at feeders in the Tropical lowlands.

Purple Mort Bleu – Eryphanis polyxena

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eryphanis polyxena, butterfly, wings, nature, lepidoptera, insect, eryphanis, purple mort bleu

My greatest passion in photography is to capture the wonderful Butterfly. I hope you will enjoy my photos of Butterflies as much I do to watch them and to catch their beauty with my photographs. My camera is a Canon EOS 350D with a Canon Close-Up lens 250D. Thank you so much for your visit, the kind comments, the great support and the Love for Butterflies!
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  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 3 years ago

  • NancyC
    NancyCover 3 years ago

    Beautiful :)

  • Lepidoptera
    Lepidopteraover 3 years ago

    Thank you so much for your visit and great support!

  • Kathy Baccari
    Kathy Baccariover 3 years ago

    How wonderfully beautiful Lepid. Most don’t pay much attention to moths and miss out on just how beautiful they can be. The detail and lighting on this capture is outstanding. Love it and a fav for me. Kathy :)

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