Morpho

loiteke

North Las Vegas, United States

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I am longing for the spring!





Question for today. What kind of butterfly I am?
Photo got featured in Beginners Group.
Thank you for watching beauty of this butterfly.
Many Morpho butterflies are colored in metallic, shimmering shades of blue and green. These colors are not a result of pigmentation but are an example of iridescence: the microscopic scales covering the Morpho’s wings reflect incident light repeatedly at successive layers, leading to interference effects that depend on both wavelength and angle of incidence/observance. Thus the colors produced vary with viewing angle, however they are actually surprisingly uniform, perhaps due to the tetrahedral (diamond-like) structural arrangement of the scales or diffraction from overlying cell layers. This structure may be likened to a photonic crystal. The lamellate structure of their wing scales has been studied as a model in the development of fabrics, dye-free paints, and anti-counterfeit technology used in currency. The iridescent lamellae are only present on the dorsal side of their wings, leaving the ventral side brown. The ventral side is decorated with ocelli or eyespots. In some species, such as M. godarti, the dorsal lamellae are so thin as to allow the ventral ocelli to peek through. While not all Morphos have iridescent coloration, they all have ocelli. In most species only the males are colorful, supporting the theory that the coloration is used for intrasexual communication between males. The lamellae reflect up to 70% of light falling on them, including any ultraviolet (UV). The eyes of Morpho butterflies are thought to be highly sensitive to UV light and therefore the males are able to see each other from great distances. Some South American species are reportedly visible by the human eye up to one kilometre away. There also exist a number of white Morpho species, principal among these being M. catenarius and M. laertes. An unusual species that is fundamentally white in coloration, but which exhibits a stunning pearlescent purple and teal iridescence when viewed at certain angles is the rare M. sulkowskyi, while among the metallic blue Morpho species, M. rhetenor stands out as the most iridescence of all, with M. cypris a close second. Indeed, M. cypris is notable in that specimens that are mounted in entomological collections will exhibit color differences across the wings if they are not ‘set’ perfectly flat. There is a nanotechnology concept based on the Morphos wings, that is being used to fight counterfeiters.
Morpho butterflies are forest dwellers but will venture into sunny clearings to warm themselves. They typically live alone, excluding mating season. Males are territorial and will chase any rivals. The people along the Rio Negro in Brazil once exploited the territorial habits of the Blue Morpho (M. menelaus) by luring them into clearings with bright blue decoys. The collected butterfly wings were used as embellishment for ceremonial masks. Morpho butterflies feed on the juices of fermenting fruit with which they may also be lured. The butterflies wobble in flight and are easy to catch.

The butterfly was young
Her vibrant wings of delicate lace
Such grace such poise
A charming butterfly
The cricket was slick thicket
Moving quick but swift
Yet smart somewhat wise
Proud of his chirp
Hopping through the grass
Butterfly fluttered by till upon a rose
Spreading her wings a dainty show
Slowly sipping sweet
Hopping skipping
Cricket saw
Butterfly glanced
The cricket saw butterfly
The butterfly looked yonder
Cricket hopped and chirped
A jumpety crickety song
Butterfly sighed

My homeyard

Soft shallow there grass
Songs of birds and hum
In horizon far a child
running fast forward

Descend we from earth and root
From under low lying roof
Where dad modeled and watered
And mame our hairs washed

Sweet peace and merriness
From childhood of soft while
We did not have shade of richness
Constant anyway gratitude

Plays in yard under birch
Work and endless day concern
Horse was standing in middle of shaft
Everyday was beginning a school

I remember way under the shade
birches
On culvert of banks coaltsfoots
Pearl of chainlet threaded warpes
Dark dark crest of woods

Spring adduced hepaticas
Reku’s amusing bay
Ringing were all instruments
Indeed invited distance way

Now I know that
anything can’t substitude
light from your home window
wickes of your candle blaze

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