Menelaus Blue Morpho Butterfly (Morpho menelaus)

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Menelaus Blue Morpho Butterfly (Morpho menelaus)

the Menelaus Blue Morpho (Morpho menelaus) is an iridescent tropical butterfly of Central and South America. It has a wing span of 15 cm (5.9 in). The adult males have brighter colours than the females. The forewing is concave at the outer edge. The upperside of wings are metallic blue. The underside is brown with a line of large ocelli at the base of the postdiscal area. °

Captured at the Sensational Butterfly Exhibition
Natural History Museum, London

Plate LX. from Metamorphosis insectorum Surinamensium, 1705
by Maria Sibylla Merian (1647-1717)

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