Most of the butterflies of the family Morphidae are
located in South America. Morpho means beautiful and
the iridescence of their scales makes them some of the most
beautiful butterflies in the world. Of the 80 species, the smallest has a
wingspan of 75 mm and the largest, M. hecuba, have been measured up to
150 mm. All
Morpho butterflies have eyespots, called ocelli, on the underside of their
wings. This is a defensive trait meant to scare off potential predators.
My son first encountered Morpho Butterflies, when he was
small, at the Rainforest
Pyramid at Moody Gardens in Galveston, TX. One landed on
the bright pink on my shirt and he was hooked. He wanted to start
collecting them and eventually convinced me to do so as well. He had to,
he only had a small section of wall available and it was getting full. Now
they are in my living room as well.
This site is still under construction
This site was created because I could not find
much information on Morpho butterflies. All that I present here has been
gleened from other sources (listed in Bibliography). None of the photos on
this site were marked with any copyright. If any
of them are copyright please notify me and I will remove them.