Morpho peleides common names are Peleides Blue Morpho, Common Morpho, or The Emperor. Morpho peleides is an iridescent tropical butterfly found in Mexico, Central America, northern South America [including Paraguay and Trinidad].
The brilliant blue color 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 wingspan of the Blue Morpho butterfly ranges from 7.5–20 cm [3.0–7.9 in].
The entire Blue Morpho butterfly lifecycle, from egg to adult is only 115 days.
Photos: Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center, Callaway Gardens, GA.[20120808, 20130901]