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Hard to believe, but there are almost 24,000 species of butterflies in the World. One of the prettiest and most impressive species are the Blue Morpho butterflies. Not only are these beautiful butterflies common to Costa Rica, but they are one of the most sought after species by collectors and nature lovers alike who seek to experience them in their natural habitat, as they mesmerize you with their incredible bright blue metallic coloring that serves

If you would like to learn more about these delicate rainforest treasures, read on ......

Common Name: Blue Morpho Butterfly

Range: Common to the tropical rainforests of Central America and South America. Blue Morphos are found primarily in forests

in Central and South America, with high concentrations in both Mexico and Costa Rica. Blue Morphos average approximately 5 - 6 inches.

Blue morphos is a species of insect that is easily spotted by its large bright blue wings that reflect its distinctly erratic pattern.

Diet: The blue morpho's diet changes as it passes through each stage of life. When it "morphs" to become a butterfly, it begins to drink its food instead, using a long, protruding mouthpart called proboscis as a literal drinking straw. They use this to sip the juice of rotting fruit, the fluids of decomposing animals, sap tree, fungi and wet mud. Blue Morphos can actually taste fruit with sensors located on their legs, and they "taste-smell" the air with their sensitive antennae, which function as a combined tongue and nose on the go.

Average life span: The life span of the Blue Morpho butterfly is short. They generally live only 115 days, with most of their time focused on feeding and reproduction.

large population found in Costa Rica. Adult morphos spend the majority of their time on the forest floor or the lower shrubs and trees under the jungle canopy with their wings folded for protection from predators. Although butterflies can be found in the forest, the blue morphos can fly through all the layers of the forest attracting attention with their incredible iridescent blue wings.

Breeding / Reproduction: Although butterflies They are some of God's most beautiful creatures, they just reproduce and sadly die immediately after laying their eggs. The male butterflies release chemicals called pheromones in their wings to attract as many females as possible in their pursuit for successful reproduction. The female's eggs are fertilized, at which time they lay them in a safe place and fly off leaving them on their own for hatching. The surviving eggs will hatch after only nine days.

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Blue Morpho Butterfly: Belonging to the family of Nymphalidaes, these beauties acquired their name "Morpho" which means "changed" because of its ability to appear as they are changing colors when in flight. This is largely due to the

butterfly's prominent wings which span from five to eight inches. The changing color effect is often a result of the ventral or the front of the wing which is dull brown and covered with a series of different sized eyespots. These eyespots serve to protect the butterflies from predators such as birds and insects, as they close their wings are show these eyespots, predators are more inclined to peck or attack the "eye" as opposed to the

Life Cycle: The Blue Morpho's life cycle starts when the eggs are hatched into larvae. The larvae becomes a recognizable

caterpillar with distinct brownish red with green patches along the back. These caterpillar have prickly hair that can irritate predators when threatened or attacked. These caterpillars mostly eat on leaves, especially favoring plants from the pea family. The caterpillar then forms a jade colored green chrysalis to start metamorphosis. A short time later an adult blue morpho butterfly emerges. At this stage since they still do not

have the ability to chew, so they drink for nourishment

instead. As mentioned above, at this stage they still use their proboscis to sip fluids of rotten fruits, tree saps, certain fungus' and even wet mud. They also eventually use sensors on their legs to taste fruits, while their antennae act like a combo tongue and nose to taste-smell the air while in search of food.

While spending time in Costa Rica, please remember that the Blue Morphos only have a span span of 115 days. Even with these few months to live, they are also constantly threatened by their natural predators, as well as the constant threat they face due to habitat destruction by loggers, farmers and urban development. Lastly, sadly humans continue to be threatened by their fascination to capture and display these beautiful insects to show off the bright and beautiful colors of these beautiful butterflies display.

When staying at your Costa Rica Hotel, please do not support this destructive market by buying or encouraging the display or displays of the Blue Morpho, their continued existence depends on your good conscience! Happy Travels to all, I hope you get to see Blue Morpho during your vacation! Pura Vida!

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Author: Kimberly Barron, originally from Malibu, California has lived in Parismina and Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica for 20 years. Starting a certified tour guide, she spent 15 years managing fishing lodges on the Caribbean Coast and later 4 * & amp; 5 * Hotels on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. Currently semi-retired, Kimberly still works as Marketing Director for Byblos Resort & amp; Casino and Hotel Makanda by the Sea.

Sources: http://www.costaricajourneys.com/blue-morpho-butterfly/ by shamsul http: //en.wikipedia. org / wiki / Morpho

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