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Purple Mort Bleu – Eryphanis polyxena

The Eryphanis polyxena or Purple Mort Bleu, also known as the Bamboo Butterfly, is a relative of the Owl Butterfly and, like the Owl, is native to Central and South America.
It has a beautiful intricate pattern on the underside, which fades with age as it can live several months. Males are purple on the upperside, while females have a gray and brown pattern. The caterpillar feeds on bamboo, and both it and the chrysalis have an amazing resemblance to a dead bamboo leaf!


Featured in Its in the Detail on February 12/2011


Featured in CloseUps in Nature on February 10/2011


Featured in Amazing Wildlife on February 7/2011

Featured in Colour and Light on February 5/2011

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

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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  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 3 years ago

  • jesika
    jesikaover 3 years ago

    The birth of a butterfly, eclosion, is a wonderful, wonderful event to view.
    Lovely image
    j

  • relayer51
    relayer51over 3 years ago

    Great camouflage, such delicate beauty.

  • Karen  Moore
    Karen Mooreover 3 years ago

  • Karen, thank you so much for the feature in your group, happy with it.
    Johanna

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  • Lepidoptera
    Lepidopteraover 3 years ago


    Thanks to All for the visit and great support!
    Johanna

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 3 years ago

  • Ray, thank you so much for the feature, such a honor!
    Johanna

    – Lepidoptera

  • luckylarue
    luckylarueover 3 years ago

    very beautiful capture!

  • Dorothy Thomson
    Dorothy Thomsonover 3 years ago

    Wonderful work! Congratulations on your feature :-)

  • GemmaWiseman
    GemmaWisemanover 3 years ago

  • Gemma, Thank you so much for the feature, such a honor!
    Johanna

    – Lepidoptera

  • Lepidoptera
    Lepidopteraover 3 years ago


    Thank you All so much for the wonderful support!
    Johanna

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