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Blue Morpho


Blue Morpho
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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-04-10
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot SX210IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies & Moths [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-04-12 23:03
Viewed: 4428
Points: 8
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Blue Morpho
Morpho menelaus

Interesting Facts about the Blue Morpho Butterfly:

The Blue Morpho butterfly is a tropical butterfly found in Central and South America.

This Blue Morpho butterfly can also be considered to be one of the biggest butterflies seen, their wingspan measures 5 – 8 inches in width.

Its characteristic blue wings are extremely beautiful to look at. The brilliant blue wings are not really brightly colored for the female Blue Morpho butterflies.

Female Blue Morpho butterflies have a dull blue with brown edgings for their wings. They also have white spots in the blue area.

At birth, the caterpillars are reddish brown in color. They also have green colored patches on the back area.

The undersides of the wings of the Blue Morpho butterflies have a dull brown shade. This brown color is dotted with many eyespots.

An adult Blue Morpho butterfly lives towards the ground area. These butterflies are therefore seen living in shrubs.

Experts opine the Blue Morpho butterfly is almost an endangered species. This is only because of loss of their natural habitat due to deforestation and other human activities that cause harm to their lives.

When this butterfly is spotted flying, it is one of the most beautiful sights one can ever imagine. The flapping wings create a fine blend of the bright blue and the dull brown colors and the flashing colors create a beautiful effect.

An adult Blue Morpho butterfly uses its long proboscis to suck juice from rotten fruits.

Blue Morpho caterpillars do not really like being disturbed! Dare you disturb it; the caterpillars secrete a foul smelling fluid!

When on the hunt for a suitable mate, the Blue Morpho butterfly travels through most of the layers of the forest.

Blue Morpho butterflies do not visit flowers for nectar! As mentioned earlier, these feed on the juice of rotting fruits or on the sap of the tree.

The caterpillars feed on various leguminous plants and are nocturnal creatures by nature.

Yet another interesting fact about the Morpho butterfly is that although there are many so many different species, the main difference lies in their color and overall size.
Interesting Facts about the Blue Morpho Butterfly:
The Blue Morpho butterfly is a tropical butterfly found in Central and South America.

This Blue Morpho butterfly can also be considered to be one of the biggest butterflies seen, their wingspan measures 5 – 8 inches in width.

Its characteristic blue wings are extremely beautiful to look at. The brilliant blue wings are not really brightly colored for the female Blue Morpho butterflies.

Female Blue Morpho butterflies have a dull blue with brown edgings for their wings. They also have white spots in the blue area.

At birth, the caterpillars are reddish brown in color. They also have green colored patches on the back area.

The undersides of the wings of the Blue Morpho butterflies have a dull brown shade. This brown color is dotted with many eyespots.

An adult Blue Morpho butterfly lives towards the ground area. These butterflies are therefore seen living in shrubs.

Experts opine the Blue Morpho butterfly is almost an endangered species. This is only because of loss of their natural habitat due to deforestation and other human activities that cause harm to their lives.

When this butterfly is spotted flying, it is one of the most beautiful sights one can ever imagine. The flapping wings create a fine blend of the bright blue and the dull brown colors and the flashing colors create a beautiful effect.

An adult Blue Morpho butterfly uses its long proboscis to suck juice from rotten fruits.

Blue Morpho caterpillars do not really like being disturbed! Dare you disturb it; the caterpillars secrete a foul smelling fluid!

When on the hunt for a suitable mate, the Blue Morpho butterfly travels through most of the layers of the forest.

Blue Morpho butterflies do not visit flowers for nectar! As mentioned earlier, these feed on the juice of rotting fruits or on the sap of the tree.

The caterpillars feed on various leguminous plants and are nocturnal creatures by nature.

Yet another interesting fact about the Morpho butterfly is that although there are many so many different species, the main difference lies in their color and overall size.

This photo was taken at the Butterfly Conservatory at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.

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  • carmia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 231 W: 4 N: 144] (2240)
  • [2010-04-12 23:41]

Very beautiful photo of this butterfly. Great contrasting colours. Excellent POV and composition.
TFS. Carme.

Ciao Manye, great capture of fantastic butterfly, fine details, wonderful colors and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2010-04-13 14:41]

Nice shot Manyee! The Blue Morpho is a great butterfly and you captured it well, good one!

Mario

Hi Manyee,
Wow! And you also you've a new 210IS, eh?... congatulations! I like a lot this beatiful Morpho, Here in Venezuela are very common, but I still without take a good photo of this butterfly!.. :)... good work, please publish the EXIF in future posts. TFS, Jesús

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