Friday, 12 September 2014

A blue butterfly

Blue Morpho. Papillon Morpho Bleu
29 Aug 2014 | From Janet of Costa Rica

The blue morpho is among the largest butterflies in the world, with wings spanning from five to eight inches. The blue morpho butterfly’s wings are bright blue, edged with black. 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.

Blue morphos live in the tropical forests of Latin America from Mexico to Colombia. The blue morpho’s entire lifespan lasts only 115 days, which means most of their time is spent eating and reproducing.

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