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The Overlook Morpho Butterfly - Morpho menelaus

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The Overlook Morpho Butterfly - Morpho menelaus

Scientific Name:
Morpho menelaus
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The Overlook Morpho Butterfly - Morpho menelaus

The Science:

There are at least 29 species of Morpho, mostly brilliant blue butterflies widespread across (and unique to) Latin America. The male Morpho menelaus has large wings, the topside of which are of the metallic, iridescent blue color for which Morphos are famous. The size of their wings, relative to their small body size, cause M. menelaus to fly with a characteristic slow, jerking motion. The undersides of the wings are typically mottled in a brown or greyish color with several pronounced eye-spots, and it is believed that the alternation of the amazing, reflective top and the underside of the wings makes a Morpho in flight a difficult target for predators to place visually. A rainforest inhabitant, it is found across much of South America and is sexually dimorphic - the females have broader dark margins dotted with white around the conspicuously smaller patches of blue. As with many butterflies, adult males are more often encountered than females.

The Story:

The Overlook Morpho is absolutely stunning in both size and beauty, and is one of our most popular specimens! All our framed insects are mounted and framed in Upstate New York. We model our frames from fine ashwood, and they’re available in both a matte-black, and a natural finish. Because of high demand, some of our framed insects may not immediately be in stock, and may take up to an extra week to ship due to production. Please do contact us at (212) 343-1114 ext. 402, or at fabrication@theevolutionstore.com, with any questions regarding availability and/or custom orders.

SKU:                                       AP-FI0135
Dimensions:                      8.00"W x 7.000"H x 2.250"D
Scientific Name:             Morpho menelaus
Origin:                                  Peru
Shipping Restrictions: International wildlife export fees apply

Customers with shipping addresses outside of the US will be charged an additional $168.00 for US Fish & Wildlife Services processing fees. Please allow up to 60 days for your order to be processed. Read our full international wildlife shipping policy here.

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