Common Morpho (Morpho peleides)


 
Living image of a Common Morpho Family: Nymphalidae (brush-footed butterflies).
 
Geographic Distribution: Central and South America and the West Indies.
 
Wingspan: 95 - 120 mm (3.75 - 4.75 in).
 
Larval host plants: Several species in the pea family (Fabaceae).
 
Habitats: All forest habitats; up to 1800 m.
 
Identification: Easily identified by the brilliant blue color on the upperside of their wings. Males of this species have more blue than the females. The undersides have a distinctive pattern of black and yellow ringed eyespots on a brown background (see image above).
 
Small image of Common Morpho specimen, dorsal view
Common Morpho,
Dorsal View
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