Blue Morpho Butterflies

by mbgphoto

The blue morpho butterfly is a brightly colored butterfly that lives in the rain forests of Costa Rica.

Blue Morpho Butterfly Color

blue color comes from light

    The beautiful blue color of the butterfly does not come fom pigments.  It comes from the light that hits the ridges off the scales and what results is the beautful irridescent blue color that is so stunning on the blue morpho.

      I volunteer at The Butterfly House in Chesterfield, MO.  There are two types of morpho butterflies found there, the blue morpho pictured below and the achilles morpho.  Each March The Butterfly House hosts a Morpho Mania where they release an extra 3000 morpho butterflies.  The effect is stunning with these beautiful morphos fluttering throughout the conservatory.

Morpho Beauty print

Blue Morpho Butterfly

Closed Wings
Blue Morpho Butterfly
Blue Morpho Butterfly

Characteristics of the Blue Morpho

blue morpho butterflies

    There are over 80 different species of morpho butterflies and not all are blue.  Here are some of the characteristics that they do have in common.

  • They have hemispherical eggs
  • Brush-footed butterflies with very small legs for their first pair
  • Eye spots on their back sides
  • Bright colors on their open sides
  • They have ears

  Morpho Lifecycle  

  Butterflies are very particular where they lay their eggs and different species pick different host plants.  The morpho butterflies lay their eggs on plants in the lugume and mimosa families.  Morpho caterpillars are very hairy and have a nice pattern to them.   When the caterpillar spins a chrysalis it dangles from a branch and it looks very much like it could be a fruit or a seed.  When the adult butterfly emerges from the crysalis it expands its wings and then after several hours it can fly.

The photograph below shows the Achilles Morpho.  This butterfly was photographed at The Butterfly House where I volunteer.  This butterfly came from a butterfly farm in Suriname.

 

 

 

Blue Morpho Butterfly

fluttering butterfly
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Butterfly in a Jar

blue morpho butterfly

 

 

  I recently saw one of these butterflies in a jar on a shelf at a friends house.  The butterflies flutter around in the jar and they look like they are real.  I found it fascinating to watch the fluttering butterfly.  I think one of these jars would make a fun gift for someone who enjoys butterflies.  They come in a variety of different species.

Blue Morpho Gifts

morpho peleides

The morpho butterflies are from the largest family of butterflies, Nymphalidae. Other butterflies in this same family include the owl butterflies, the red lacewing and all of the Heliconids. The morpho butterflies are native to the new world tropics. They live mostly at ground level in the rain forests. Since the rain forest canopy block light there is no flower growth found and the morphs feed exclusively on tree sap and fallen fruit. At The Butterfly House we will find them feeding on trays of bananas, mellon and other very ripe fruits.

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Updated: 05/21/2014, mbgphoto
 
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Kingfisher on 06/29/2011

This is a beautiful butterfly and has striking underwing markings. I have never heard of the Morpho Butterfly before, thanks for educating me!

hamshi5433 on 06/24/2011

Gorgeous things...

puzzlemaker on 06/11/2011

The Blue Morpho butterfly is beautiful!

theherbivorehippie on 06/09/2011

I cannot imagine seeing 3000 of them fluttering around the conservatory. What a stunning site that must be!

RhondaAlbom on 06/08/2011

Fascinating that the blue morpho butterfly color does not come from pigment but from reflection.

That_FishLady on 06/07/2011

What a beautiful butterfly! That sounds like such a fun place to volunteer at :)

Guest on 06/06/2011

I grew up in Costa Rica. I remember seeing lots of different insects, and we would go to national parks all the time, but I don't remember specifically if I ever saw one of these butterflies. Anyway, I love butterflies, and these are definitely beautiful.

Dianne on 06/05/2011

Beautiful butterfly! We visited a Butterfly House near Branson MO, several years ago. I wonder if it was yours.

JoyfulPamela on 06/05/2011

Blue morphos are one of my favorite butterflies, too! We recently visited a local butterfly garden and had a chance to see many close up. Beautiful creatures! : )

Guest on 06/04/2011

I don't think I have ever seen this butterfly before. Your photos are beautiful. Thank you for introducing me to this blue butterfly.


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