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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Blue Morpho

 Blue Morpho Butterfly
The blue morpho butterfly is one of the largest butterflies in the world, with a wingspan of 5- 8 inches.  Their native habitat is in the tropical forests of Latin America from Mexico to Colombia. 
 Their metallic blue color
is the result of microscopic scales on the backs of their wings, which reflect light. If however the blue morpho folds its wings, it would show a dull brown color with many eyespots.

 Blue Morpho with Folded Wings, Loving My Blue Jeans :)
The brown underside of the blue morpho's wings provide them a camouflage against predators such as birds and insects. 

Can You See the Blue Morpho on my Arm?
When the blue morpho flies, it is hard to see because it seems it disappears. One moment you see the blue, the next moment you won't because of the alternating color of blue and brown flashing. 
Blue Follows Me :)
 
Blue Morpho Up Close
All photos of blue morpho above were taken yesterday from Butterfly Jungle in San Diego Safari Park, which runs March 24- April 15. I posted some pictures of paper kite butterfly in my other blog, The Joys of Simple Life

5 comments:

  1. i've seen such bi-colored butterfly before. very beautiful and interesting creature!

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  2. This is such a beautiful butterfly, and the blue color is so vibrant looking..I see that blue butterfly follow you everywhere..

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  3. Amazing blue butterfly sure likes you!

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  4. Seeing your butterfly photo, I want to go to the butterfly house soon..Amazing and gorgeous blue butterfly!

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  5. Betchai, a glorious color on this butterfly. And, he likes you :) Fantastic shot.

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