Monday, October 7, 2013

Blue Morpho Butterflies

By Jamie & Jason

This is our post about blue morpho butterflies.  The reason we are doing this post is we wondered about morphos and why the top side of their wings are blue.  Also, 1st grade at our school will be studying and taking care of butterflies in the spring.

Facts about Blue Morpho Butterflies

The top side appears to be iridescent blue, but isn’t really blue.  Their wings have nanostructures, or very very small structures, that reflect blue light.

Photo from Wikipedia

The bottom side is brown with spots that look like eyes.  The brown provides camouflage from predators when the wings are closed.

Bottom side of blue morphos (while eating fermented fruit)

When it’s flying the iridescent blue and brown flash making it seem like the butterfly is appearing and disappearing.  Birds and insects eat morpho butterflies.

Blue morphos eat fermented fruit.  Fermented means rotten fruit that has alcohol in it.  They eat the fruit through a proboscis, which is kind of like a straw, and is their mouth.

Blue morpho butterflies only live 3-4 weeks as butterflies because of what they eat (alcohol isn’t so good for butterflies just as it isn’t for humans).  Their entire lifespan is 115 days including when they are caterpillars.

Blue Morpho butterflies live in Mexico, Central America, and the northern parts of South America.  They have a 5-8 inch wingspan and they’re one of the biggest butterflies in the world.


Links:
NISE Network
Wikipedia
Rainforest Alliance
Youtube video that zooms into the wings of a blue morpho


(Note - the Wikipedia photo is provided under the Creative Commons license - more info here)

4 comments:

  1. Hi Jason,
    What is your favorite animal on the trip. Mine is the scarlet macaw.
    Do you like the food you are eating? What is your favorite new food?
    Do you like the trip so far?
    Lastly, I just got your postcard yesterday (it took 22 days to get here!) and I loved the caterpillar.
    I miss you JJ! I can't wait to see you in November!!! And in Spain!
    Love,
    Tanner

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    1. Hello Bat Brother,
      My favorite food so far is chocolate quinoa (you say it like this - keen-wa). Quinoa is a grain cereal.
      My favorite animal on the trip that we have seen is a vicuña, which is an animal that is endangered. It is like a llama. We will do a post on llamas and vicuñas. But I like scarlet macaws too.
      YES - I LOVE THE TRIP!!!!!
      I miss you too Bat Brother.
      Love,
      JJ

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  2. jamie,
    I got your post card!(it took 22 days to get here)
    I miss you can't wait to see you in november!!!
    love,
    kamryn
    p.s.
    THANK YOU for the post card!!!
    BYE!!!

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    1. Hi Kamryn!!!
      I can't wait to see you too!
      Love,
      Jamie*
      P.S. I'm going to see you in less than a month!

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