Blue Morpho basking

A rare glimpse The Blue Morpho rarely opens its wings when landed, much to the frustration of our visitors. It would be too easy a catch for bird predators. They only bask when they are cold and need to heat up. When on the wing though; it is another story. The huge surface area of their wings means that one wing beat and they can move to the side, dodging any bird predators. It has a characteristic slow bobbing flight is quite unlike any other butterfly.

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Name: Blue Morpho

Latin: Morpho peleides

Family: Nymphalidae

Origin: Central America

Food plant: The Bean Family

Blue Morpho peleides
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