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#2740 Peleides Blue Morpho - Rotterdam Zoo (Holland)

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Peleides Blue Morpho at Diergaarde Blijdorp, Rotterdam (Holland)

The Peleides Blue Morpho (also knows as Common Morpho or The Emperor) is an iridescent tropical butterfly found in Mexico, Central America, northern South America, Paraguay, and Trinidad. The brilliant blue colour 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 underside of the butterfly's wings, on the other hand, is a dull brown colour with many eyespots, providing camouflage against predators such as birds and insects when its wings are closed.
The entire Blue Morpho butterfly lifecycle, from egg to adult is only 115 days.