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Blue Morpho

Posted by
Eric Cousineau (Sherwood Park, Canada) on 27 May 2011 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

The Blue Morpho is a member of the Morphidae species and are widespread in the rainforests of Central and South America as well as the West Indies. They have a wingspan of 3 – 3 1/4 inches (9.5 - 12 cm) and prefer a tropical environment. The males of this spectacular species have a deeper metallic-blue on their wings than the females, the underside of their wings have a striking pattern of black and yellow ringed eyespots. Blue Morphos fly rapidly through dense forests and are particularly active in bright sunlight. The caterpillar has fine brown, red, and black lines and has two yellow patches on the back with red lines running through them. The body is covered with reddish brown and white hairs, which form tufts on the back. It feeds on Machaerium seemannii, Lonchocarpus and other members of the pea family. If threatened, it releases a strong smelling scent from a gland located between the forelegs.

PENTAX K200D 1/30 second F/5.6 ISO 1600 300 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Lara from Vienna, Austria

I am every day amazed at the beauties you spot. another great one, Eric!

27 May 2011 5:32am

@Lara: Thank you very much Lara! ;-)

Mirjam from Kyiv, Ukraine

Your Blue Morpho is wonderful to see.

27 May 2011 6:00am

@Mirjam: Thank you very much Mirjam! ;-)

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

Looking at YOU with its many eyes, trying to find out why YOU had only one big eye searching fot IT....Nice that it obliged the photographer by keeping still...

27 May 2011 6:11am

@Japanalia: Thank you very much Gabriela! Yes, it was quite a challenge to get this fellow to sit still long enough for a picture. My only regret is that I was unable to capture him with his wings open..... ;-)

PATRICK from miramas, France

wow splendid 5***

27 May 2011 6:15am

@PATRICK: Thank you very much Patrick! You are very kind indeed! ;-)

Gérard Beullac from Paris, France

Gorgeous specimen!
I like the little blue kind of spark at the top of the internal side of the wing.

27 May 2011 6:20am

@Gérard Beullac: Thank you very much Gerard! Yes, it is unfortunate that I was unable to get a shot of him with his wings open. They have a wonderful electic blue sheen to them....... ;-)

larans from Lund, Sweden

Nature is fantastic with all of its variation And I think you are really shoing that in a fair way with your marvellous pictures of it. This one is fantastic...both the butterfly and your photo!

27 May 2011 6:49am

@larans: Thank you very much Lars! ;-)

cristoF from montbéliard, France

c'est quand même beau un papillon....

27 May 2011 7:06am

@cristoF: Merci beaucoup Cristof! ;-)

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

great capture
i invite you to see my picture in this day
my picture is about Legendry Iranian Goalkeeper Nasser Hejazi that Died

27 May 2011 7:19am

@Shaahin Bahremand: Thank you very much Shaahin! ;-)

Olivier from Manage, Belgium

Nice macro!

27 May 2011 7:35am

@Olivier: Thank you very much Olivier! ;-)

Phil from Sausset les Pins, France

Fantastic that one !!! I 'm fan !! Phil

27 May 2011 8:41am

@Phil: Thank you very much Phil! ;-)

Tomek from Poznań, Poland

Other colors and patterns on the wings but the beauty remains undeniable. Bravo Eric.

27 May 2011 9:12am

@Tomek: Thank you very much Tomek! ;-)

El pare from Prepirineu, Andorra

It looks like be climbing some stairs. Eric, very nice butterfly specimen.

27 May 2011 9:40am

@El pare: Thank you very much Manel! ;-)

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Another quite superb shot Eric.

27 May 2011 10:32am

@Curly: Thank you very much Curly! ;-)

Anne from 新加坡, Singapore

Another awesome shot, Eric! I love the lovely beautiful butterflies but I don't know their names...thanks for sharing it ! Nice weekend :)

27 May 2011 10:41am

@Anne: Thank you very much Anne! ;-)

BBM from Sussex, United Kingdom

Lovely composition and color !great series !

27 May 2011 10:57am

@BBM: Thank you very much BBM! ;-)

Laurette from Johannesburg - Fourways, South Africa

What a gorgeous butterfly. Beautiful composition . Well done. Many thanks for adding me to your blogwatch it is much appreciated. Have a great weekend.

27 May 2011 11:31am

@Laurette: Thank you very much Laurette! ;-)

vu@granby - Wolfgang from Granby, Québec, Canada

You are definitively on a roll here, keep them coming!

27 May 2011 11:50am

@vu@granby - Wolfgang: Thank you very much Wolfgang! ;-)

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Lovely shot, Eric. These really are the most exquisite creatures. The palm leaves make a very pleasing background here as well.

27 May 2011 12:12pm

@Stephen: Thank you very much Stephen! ;-)

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Oh! Il est magnifique, mais ils sont tous aussi beaux! Superbe série Eric!

27 May 2011 12:24pm

@mo.langel: Merci beaucoup Mo! ;-)

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, Florida, Denmark

This is another wonderful image. I don't know my butterflies, but think you are going to give me a good lesson!

27 May 2011 12:37pm

@Judy aka L@dybug: Thank you very much Judy! ;-)

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

I truly like the position of the butterfly here... Also the background is great ! Have a lovely weekend Eric :)

27 May 2011 12:38pm

@Tamara: Thank you very much Tamara! ;-)

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Excellent focus and colors, Eric - this one's a real beauty!

27 May 2011 12:40pm

@Jason Politte: Thank you very much Jason! Yes, he is! I only wish I was able to get a shot of him with his wings open.... ;-)

Scott F. Schilling from San Martin, United States

Very nice close up with great details and colors!

27 May 2011 1:10pm

@Scott F. Schilling: Thank you very much Scott! ;-)

Candais from Lisieux, Canada

WOW...I could get lost in the lovely patterns of this wonderful creature.

27 May 2011 1:47pm

@Candais: Thank you very much Candais! ;-)

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

super closeup of this pretty butterfly !

27 May 2011 1:48pm

@MARIANA: Thank you very much Mariana! ;-)

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Great job with this series, both with the photography and the information you provide along with it.

27 May 2011 2:00pm

@Ralph Jones: Thank you very much Ralph! ;-)

Mhelene from Paris, France

Really superb !

27 May 2011 2:06pm

@Mhelene: Thank you very much Mhelene! ;-)

Photographs by M.E. from San Francisco, United States

splendid capture with all those colorful details!

27 May 2011 2:27pm

@Photographs by M.E.: Thank you very much Maria! ;-)

tataray from france, France

Wow .... Que dire à part 5*****))

27 May 2011 2:30pm

@tataray: Merci beaucoup Raymonde! Vous êtes très gentil! ;-)

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

A wonderful image of a beautiful butterfly on a palm leaf (I think it is a palm leaf) Good time to make a beautiful photograph ... Thanks buddy Eric! A hug, Adela

27 May 2011 2:59pm

@Adela Fonts: Thank you very much Adela! ;-)

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Gorgeous shot again.

27 May 2011 3:31pm

@B. Thomas: Thank you very much Barbara! ;-)

Thea from Leeuwarden, Netherlands

What a beautiful pattern this one has! Wonderful shot!

27 May 2011 4:01pm

@Thea: Thank you very much Thea! ;-)

joemulligan from Taiwan

Love the contrast between the fast moving shoots of foliage and the crisp and steady image of the Morpho. Both beautiful.........................Yesteday's Julia was similarly wonderful!

27 May 2011 4:06pm

@joemulligan: Thank you very much Joe and welcome to my blog! Please come back and visit soon.... ;-)

Yvon from Orleans, France

fabulous butterfly shot , Eric

27 May 2011 4:11pm

@Yvon: Thank you very much Yvon! ;-)

Kenny from Eastsound, United States

I think this one is my favorite yet. Remarkable design on this guy.

27 May 2011 5:32pm

@Kenny: Thank you very much Kenny! ;-)

skarlet from kerman, Iran

it's really beautiful! nice composition!

27 May 2011 7:08pm

@skarlet: Thank you very much Skarlet! ;-)

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Wow just when I think youcan't top yourself, you do! This is totally spectacular - so sharp and clear and great background as well as a wonderful little 'subject" here...Beautiful, Eric!

27 May 2011 8:01pm

@Denny Jump Photo: Thank you very much Denny! ;-)

Oleg from Podolsk, Russian Federation

Another wonderful creature and your great macro, Eric!!!

27 May 2011 8:48pm

@Oleg: Thank you very much Oleg! ;-)

Kat from Lorraine, France

Tout simplement splendide ! bravo Eric :)

27 May 2011 9:04pm

@Kat: Merci beaucoup Kat! ;-)

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Beautiful capture! It really displays the beautiful pattern on this butterfly.

27 May 2011 9:09pm

@Elaine Hancock: Thank you very much Elaine! ;-)

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A beautiful shot. I've never been able to get a shot of these guys with the blue side showing.

27 May 2011 10:11pm

@Steve Rice: Thank you very much Steve! Me either! ;-)

Kavita from Paramaribo, Suriname

veryyyy beautiful shot! I like the leaves

27 May 2011 10:20pm

@Kavita: Thank you very much Kavita! ;-)

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

very nice

27 May 2011 10:43pm

@john4jack: Thank you very much Jack! ;-)

Dokmateo from madird, Spain

A very educative series always! Beautiful shots you've captured! happy weekend!

28 May 2011 12:40am

@Dokmateo: Thank you very much Dokmateo! ;-)

Becky from los angeles, United States

wow - Butterflies remind me of flowers in regards to the detail in them. It's just amazing. Another gorgeous shot!

28 May 2011 3:41am

Bill Brown from California, United States


28 May 2011 4:04am

Sunder from Chennai, India

Excellent shot! Nice colours and details...

28 May 2011 4:41am

Don Levesque from Saint John, Afghanistan

Excellent capture! Love the patterns on the wings.

28 May 2011 12:32pm

AMH from Buenos Aires, Argentina

que hermosa . un beso Eric . Alejandra

28 May 2011 1:14pm

Dutch from Neverwhere, United States

Not to nitpick but I thought blue morpho's were.. blue irridescent.. :D Great shot though!

29 May 2011 2:54am

@Dutch: Thank you very much Kristen! You are correct. The irridescent blue is only on the top of their wings. You can catch a glimpse of it in the shot. ;-)

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

First word that came to mind was..Wow!..a fine shot..nice designs on the wings..nice details

31 May 2011 2:35pm

@StarCosmosBleu: Thank you very much Marcel! ;-)

1/30 second
ISO 1600
300 mm (35mm equiv.)