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For Luciano and Silvio, our butterfly photos masters, the most beautiful butterfly of the Latin American rain forest.


As its common name implies, the blue morpho butterfly’s wings are bright blue, edged with black. The blue morpho is among the largest butterflies in the world, with wings spanning from five to eight inches. Their vivid, iridescent blue coloring is a result of the microscopic scales on the backs of their wings, which reflect light. The underside of the morpho’s wings, on the other hand, is a dull brown color with many eyespots, providing camouflage against predators such as birds and insects when its wings are closed. When the blue morpho flies, the contrasting bright blue and dull brown colors flash, making it look like the morpho is appearing and disappearing. The males’ wings are broader than those of the females and appear to be brighter in color. Blue morphos, like other butterflies, also have two clubbed antennas, two fore wings and two hind wings, six legs and three body segments—the head, thorax and abdomen.
The blue morpho’s entire lifespan lasts only 115 days, which means most of their time is spent eating and reproducing.
Adults use a long, protruding mouthpart called a proboscis as a drinking straw to sip the juice of rotting fruit, the fluids of decomposing animals, tree sap, fungi and wet mud. Humans provide a direct threat to this spectacular creature because their beauty attracts artists and collectors from all over the globe who wish to capture and display them.
The Blue Morpho, being such a unique specimen, has given rise to a lot of symbolic interpretations from different cultures. Similar to an albino buffalo, or a rare bird, Blue Morpho butterflies are rarely seen and lend themselves to various interpretations.

Some cultures believe that spotting a Blue Morpho means you’ll have a wish granted. Others believe that a blue butterfly is a host to a malevolent spirit.

https://www.rainforest-alliance.org/species/blue-morpho-butterfly/


Blue morpho with closed wings in Workshop.

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Additional Photos by Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13721 W: 141 N: 35557] (159886)
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