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Butterfly Pictures: Blue Morpho Butterfly

Blue Morpho Butterfly picture and article all about the Blue Morpho butterfly habitat, size, facts, what they eat and more.


Blue Morpho Butterfly

There are almost 24,000 species of butterflies the world. One of the prettiest types of butterflies are the Blue Morpho butterflies.  Not only is this beautiful butterfly one of the most sought after by collectors, but also just looking at its metallic-like wings is mesmerizing.  While it appears that the Blue Morpho butterfly’s wings are metallic blue, they aren’t – the color is due to how the microscopic scales on the backs of their wings reflect light. 

"Eyespots" on the underside of a Blue Morpho's wings."Eyespots" on the underside of a Blue Morpho's wings.

The underside of the Blue Morpho’s wings are a dull brown with many different sized ‘eyespots.’ Eyespots serve as a defense mechanism against all sorts of predators like insects and birds.  If you get a chance to see a blue morpho butterfly fly, you will notice that the contrasting brilliant blue of the top wings against the dull brown of the underside butterflyngs almost make it look like the butterfly is appearing and disappearing. This is one way that the butterflies distract their predators.   

One fun fact about these beautiful butterflies
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