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Blue Morpho – Morpho peleides

The Peleides Blue Morpho (Morpho peleides) is an iridescent tropical butterfly found in Mexico, Central America, northern South America, Paraguay, and Trinidad.

The brilliant blue color in the butterfly’s wings is caused by the diffraction of the light from millions of tiny scales on its wings. It uses this to frighten away predators, by flashing its wings rapidly. The wingspan of the Blue Morpho butterfly ranges from 7.5–20 cm (3.0–7.9 in). The entire Blue Morpho Butterfly lifecycle, from egg to adult is only 115 days.

The Blue Morpho Butterfly drinks the juices from rotting fruits for food. Its favourites are mango, kiwi, and lychee. Blue Morpho butterflies live in the rainforests of South America, and can be found in Mexico and Central America.

The larvae of Blue Morpho Butterflies are cannibals. The caterpillar Blue Morpho Butterfly is red-brown with patches of bright green.
Source: Wikipedia

Featured in Gems Gone Unnoticed On December 11/2010


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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!
Butterfly Kisses, Johanna

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  • Robert Abraham
    Robert Abrahamalmost 4 years ago

    Terrific capture of this beauty, well done

  • Jenny Dean
    Jenny Deanalmost 4 years ago

    beautiful, I see you love butterflies too !! :)

  • Deborah Lazarus
    Deborah Lazarusalmost 4 years ago

    Fantastic capture!!! The composition and colors are exquisite!!!

  • Deborah Lazarus
    Deborah Lazarusalmost 4 years ago

  • Deborah, such a great surprise, thank you so much for the feature, very proud on it!

    – Lepidoptera

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELalmost 4 years ago

    CONGRATULATIONS on your wonderful feature, great WORK and well earned.

  • Lepidoptera
    Lepidopteraalmost 4 years ago

    Thank you so much for the visit & kind support, Johanna

  • Mellinda
    Mellindaalmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful butterfly, and great photo!

  • MarieG
    MarieGover 3 years ago

    Wow! how gorgeous! I just didn’t know where to start…your gallery is outstanding!

  • MarianBendeth
    MarianBendethalmost 3 years ago

    Just wonderful!!
    Where do you live? We have a Butterfly sanctuary 2 hours from Toronto!

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