For centuries the morpho butterfly has been the subject of legends and a multitude of studies, due to its peculiar characteristics. Blue butterflies are said to have a certain mysticism given the popular belief that seeing one brings you luck, but there are many peculiarities of the blue butterfly.
Better known morpho butterfly are characterized by their large size and their striking blue color, but they are not actually blue. It is the reflection of light on microscopic scales on the tiny scales of the wings, a phenomenon known as structural coloración.
What is the Morpho Butterfly like?
These butterflies have a characteristically slow flight, as if they were staggering, because they are native to tropical areas with a lot of vegetation, so they constantly change course.
The caterpillars of the blue morpho molt five times before becoming chrysalis.
Its impatient blue color can be seen by pilots flying over the jungle.
They live alone and independently, and only come together to mate.
The name “morpho”, according to biologists, is due to the fact that these butterflies seem to change shape when they fly.
Morpho butterflies are not blue, if iridescent color is an optical effect when unfolding the wings, their natural color with folded wings is brown with eyepieces.
Blue morpho butterflies are diurnal animals (they are active during the day) and their mimetic colors are gracefully camouflaged at night.
There is also a species of butterfly known as the “white morpho butterfly”. It is a very rare species that has iridescent white wings that appear purple in color when viewed from certain angles.
Where does the blue morpho butterfly live?
The blue morpho butterfly is found in tropical and humid forests , since it needs a lot of humidity, just to feed on liquid .
These butterflies go down to the rainforest floor to feed and often fly into clearings to warm themselves in the sunlight. They are also highly viewed near streams, lakes, and reservoirs.
Do you know what the blue morpho butterfly eats?
When caterpillars, blue morphs eat leaves from various plants, with plants in the pea family being their favorites.
Adult blue morphoo butterflies do not eat, they only feed by drinking. They do this through a long, rolled mouthpiece known as a “proboscis,” which is unrolled to allow them to sip liquids. They drink the juices of rotten fruit, mushrooms, tree sap, and decaying animals.
Morpho butterflies have their taste sensors on their legs. So a morpho butterfly lands on your skin remember “it will be savoring you.”