Peleides Blue Morpho (Morpho peleides)
… an iridescent tropical butterfly found from Mexico to South America. The brilliant blue color in the butterfly’s wings is caused by the diffraction of the light from millions of tiny scales on its wings. It uses this to frighten away predators, by flashing its wings rapidly. The wingspan of the Blue Morpho butterfly ranges from 7.5–20 cm (3.0–7.9 in). The entire Blue Morpho Butterfly lifecycle, from egg to adult is only 115 days.
The Blue Morpho Butterfly drinks the juices from rotting fruits for food. The larvae of Blue Morpho Butterflies are cannibals. The caterpillar of the Blue Morpho is red-brown with patches of bright green. The Blue Morpho Butterflies stick together in groups to deter their predators, a form of mobbing behavior…
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