Morpho peleides (52)
|Morpho-butterflies are among the most impressive species of the American tropics. When in flight, they are really amazing. The blue iridescent wings are seen from a far distance. However, when the Morphos settle and rest, they usually close their wings and the nice blue is no more visible. Neverhteless, they present their large wing underside which also shows nice colour patterns.|
Many Nymphalidae icluding the forest Satyrinae and also the Morphinae can be attracted by rotten fruits like bananas. Admixture of alcoholic beverages to a certain degree increases the attractivity and may lead to drunken butterflies - no joke! You can find a number of recipes in the entomological literature. Each 'designer' is convinced of the efficacy of his mixture.
In the case shown squeezed bananas were used only. Because Morpho peleides is not so rare in the Sierra de Tilaran you can be successful.
The picture shows a close-up of a sucking
-- Morpho peleides.
The species occurs in Central and South America from Mexico to Colombis and Venezuela.
Wing span: about 11 cm.
- Natural light
- ISO 200
- DeVries P.J. (1987) The Butterflies of Costa Rica and their Natural History. Papilionidae, Pieridae, Nymphalidae. - Princeton University Press.
- D'Abrera B. (1984) Butterflies of the Neotropical Region, Part II Danaidae, Ithomiidae, Heliconiidae & Morphidae. - Hill House.