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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 mostly the metallic, iridescent blue color for which Morphos are famous. Morphos typically have very large wings for their body size, and fly with a characteristic slow, jerking motion. The undersides of Morpho 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 far more often encountered than females, descending to take mineralized moisture, but the species mostly keeps aloft in the forest canopy and adults of both genders take nourishment from sap and rotting fruit.

The Story:

Each specimen is spread by hand, and may be ordered loose or framed for collections or decor. Custom preparation services are available - please inquire. Our insect specimens are prepared and framed right here in our own Entomology Department, and our years of experience are evident in the consistently high-quality products we create. Hanging on a wall, on a desk, in the bedroom or an office, these amazing Framed Insects are unique decoration for any space!

Insect specimens are very fragile! We recommend 2-Day or Next Day shipping on long-distance insect orders to ensure that your items arrive safely.

SKU:                                       AP-FI0135
Dimensions:                      "W x H x "D
Scientific Name:             Morpho menelaus
Origin:                                  Peru
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Customers with shipping addresses outside of the US will be charged an additional $143.00 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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