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Common Blue Morpho (Morpho peleides)

Order: Lepidoptera (le-pid-OP-ter-a) (Info)
Family: Morphidae
Genus: Morpho
Species: peleides

Regional

This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Jacksonville, Arkansas
North Little Rock, Arkansas
Garland, Texas

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Positive

On Aug 4, 2014, nutsaboutnature from Algonquin, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

We saw quite a few of these at Chicago Botanic Garden's "Butterflies & Blooms" exhibit in July, 2014.

They seemed to congregate in groups, sometimes at fruit feeding stations, sometimes on leaves and, often, right in front of the fans, enjoying the breeze blowing on their wings.

They're brown on the bottom of their wings and gorgeous bright, iridescent blue on the top, making them appear to be two entirely different butterflies depending on the viewing angle.



Positive

On Mar 20, 2008, debnes_dfw_tx from Fort Worth, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

This Lep is distributed naturally in Central / South America, West Indies & Trinidad and surrounding Islands

The Blue Morpho will not be found nectaring flowers, as a true brushfoot they mainly prefer rotting fruit.

Hostplants: Macharium, Pterocarpus, Lonchocarpus, Platymiscium, Swartzia, Dalbergia, Mucuna, & Paragonia

There are at least 80 species of Morpho Butterflies

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