Ever get the feeling that you’re being watched? Not to sound paranoid, but it might be the Blue Morpho Butterfly.
Ever get the feeling that you’re being watched? Not to sound paranoid, but it might be the Blue Morpho Butterfly. On the underside of the morpho’s wings is a set of eyespots designed to provide camouflage.
Hidden eyes aside, this large butterfly is full of surprises - surprises that may make you doubt your senses. You see the morpho’s large blue wings? They aren’t even blue. Not by pigmentation, anyway. They just appear that way due to the way the light reflects off the microscopic scales on its wings.
Being as large as they are (5-8 inches), this species needs to protect itself in the Amazon rainforest. When it flaps its wings, the “blue” top side and brown underside colours flash, creating a flickering effect that leaves hungry birds befuddled.