The Blue Morpho’s vivid, iridescent blue coloring is a result of microscopic scales on their wings. It is these scales that reflect light. In contrast, the underside of the morpho’s wings is a dull brown color. This is mainly for camouflage and protection against predators.
When Blue Morphos fly, the contrasting upper and underside of the wings make it appear as though the butterfly is appearing and disappearing. This is another form of protection it can use against birds and bigger insects.
The Morpho family of butterflies comprises 29 accepted species of Neotropical butterflies and has around 147 accepted subspecies. From egg to adult butterfly, Blue Morphos live on average for 115 days.
Adult Blue Morpho butterflies have wingspans ranging between 3-8inches (7.5–20 cm).
Our framed Blue Morpho butterfly specimens have been sourced responsibly. Find out more about where we source our butterflies and moths from.