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Jaime Nywening July 18, 2007 jme_nywening@yahoo.com Blue Morpho Butterflies Where do Blue Morpho butterflies live? South America Mexico Central America Why I Chose The Blue Morpho The Blue Mopho is one of the most beautiful and fascinating creatures I have ever seen!

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where do blue morpho butterflies live
Where do Blue Morpho butterflies live?
  • South America
  • Mexico
  • Central America
why i chose the blue morpho
Why I Chose The Blue Morpho
  • The Blue Mopho is one of the most beautiful and fascinating creatures I have ever seen!
  • Its shimmery colors are eye catching, and bright blue is one of my favorite colors!
cool facts about blue morpho butterflies
Cool Facts about Blue Morpho Butterflies:
  • One of the largest butterflies in the world
  • the extremely fine scales covering the Morpho's wings reflect light.
  • Morphos range in wingspan from the 7.5 cm (3 inch) to the imposing 20 cm
  • Have wings that are bright blue, edged with black
  • Many Morpho butterflies are colored in metallic, shimmering shades of blue and green.
  • Blue coloring on the back of their wings reflect light
  • Male’s wings are broader and brighter than those of females
  • Brightest insect in the world
  • The iridescent wings are used in the manufacture of jewelry and as inlay in woodworking.
  • Structure and color are being used as models for new fabrics, dye-paints, and anti-counterfeit technology
blue morphos life cycle
Blue Morphos Life Cycle

Stages in the Life Cycle:

Egg

Larva (caterpillar)

Pupa (chrysalis)

Imago (adult butterfly)

blue morpho eating habits
Blue Morpho Eating Habits

When in the stage of a caterpiller, it chews on many different kinds of leaves.

When it becomes a butterfly, it can no longer chew and instead drinks its food.

blue morphos diet and favorite plants
Blue Morphos Diet and Favorite Plants

Diet:

  • Juice of rotting fruit
  • Fluids of decomposing animals
  • Tree sap
  • Fungi
  • Wet mud

Favorite Flowers or Plants:

  • Plants in the pea family
  • Leguminous Plants
  • Mucuna Plants
  • Peanut Plants
what eats the blue morpho
What Eats the Blue Morpho?

Defense Against Predators:

  • The underside of Morpho’s wings is a dull brown color with many eyespots, providing camouflage

Predators:

  • Jacamar Birds
  • Flycatcher Birds
resources
Resources

Wikipedia

http://wikipedia.org/

Butterfly Jungle

http://butterflyjungle.bz/ourbutterflies.html

Rainforest Alliance Learning Site

www.rainforest-alliance.org/learningsite

Rainforest Exploration

http://www.earthsbirthday.org/explore/teachers/infobluemorpho.htm