Deidamia morpho or Marbled morpho

Deidamia morpho or Marbled morpho

Morpho diedamia

Peru, Tingo Maria

DB.10473

These beautiful blue butterflies can be seen from over 1 kilometre away when the sun reflects off their shiny wings in flight. They can also vanish into the forest instantly by closing their wings. The mottled brown underside of the wings allows them to blend into their surroundings.

Where can you see them? They live in forests, mostly primary (unspoilt) rainforests, from Nicaragua in Central America down to Bolivia and Brazil in South America. You are most likely to encounter males sucking up minerals from damp ground or fluttering along the edges of rivers or other sunny spots.

What do they eat? Morpho caterpillars feed on the leaves of a wide range of plants in the pea and bean family Fabaceae. The adults sip liquid from rotting fruit, decomposing animals, tree sap, fungi and wet mud.

Are they endangered? They are uncommon but widespread. The greatest threat to the survival of butterflies is the degradation and destruction of their habitat.

Linked objects: Menelaus blue morpho butterfly