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Blue Morpho Butterfly

by Anne Watcher on Tuesday March 3rd, 2009 at 5:18pm

A truly unique marvel of creation, the Blue Morpho Butterfly, is a site to behold. I always assumed this creature was a moth but have educated myself in this respect.

Shades of brown with eye shapes on their under wings, this serves as a protection from predators as it helps them blend in with the tropical vegetation of the forest floor. This is were they spend most of their time resting with wings folded. However in mating season they fly freely throughout the forest revealing their beautiful blue top wings that appear iridescent when the sun shines on them.

Blue Morphos live from Mexico down to Columbia and range in size from 5-8 inches (wing span). Their entire life lasts about 115 days so most of their time is spent eating and reproducing. As with a lot of other creatures deforestation of it's natural habitat is the main threat to the beautiful Blue Morpho.

Under side of wing shown "eye" design.

Beautiful blue top wing, edged in black.

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