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March Morpho Mania

Updated on March 6, 2012

Photo of a Blue Morpho Butterfly

See what looks to almost be "eyes" at the top of the wings?  A great defense mechanism!
See what looks to almost be "eyes" at the top of the wings? A great defense mechanism! | Source

Blue Morpho Butterfly on a Leaf

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Blue Morphos and Other Butterflies Eating Rotting Fruit

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Neat Annual Butterfly Event

Every year from the beginning of March to the end, Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House puts on a really neat butterfly event. The conservatory there is filled with all kinds of butterflies, but especially a lot of blue morpho butterflies. It is a magnificent thing to see!

I have missed it in years past, even though this butterfly conservatory is one of my favorite places to go. So this year I made a real point to make it!

You will see signs and learning centers throughout the conservatory and all kinds of blue morphos and other butterflies. This is all in a very tropical setting and environment with flowers and plants that fit well within that type of climate. So the overall experience is really neat, even though rather warm at times.

Little Quiz with a Prize and Coupons

When you purchase your tickets to this event, or use your membership for tickets, you get a little blue piece of paper with a few multiple choice questions. If you answer the questions correctly, you get a little "prize." My prize was a souvenir magnet of the event, and I took a picture of it for this hub.

On the back side of the paper is a coupon for a complimentary admission to the butterfly house for the whole month of April with the purchase of one other ticket.

Also, you get 10-20 percent off of your gift store purchase, and they have some wonderful things there!

Some Blue Morpho Facts

- The lifespan of a blue morpho butterfly from egg to adult is only three months.

- The average wingspan of a blue morpho butterfly is five to seven inches! That is pretty big for a butterfly, and what beautiful blue wings they are!

- Blue morpho butterflies taste not only with their proboscis, but also their feet! I had no idea about this before this event, and thought that was so interesting.

- Did you know that blue morphos eat several different things including rotting fruit, liquid from decomposing animals, and tree sap? I know that sounds gross, but they are part of nature's' "clean up crew", so to speak!

- The native habitat for blue morphos are in Central and South America. So if you ever go there, keep an eye for them. If I lived there, I would be simply thrilled to have them visit my butterfly garden!

Blue Morpho Butterfly Poll

Have you ever seen a real blue morpho butterfly?

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    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR

      Paula 

      6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hi Kris, thank you and I think they are so beautiful also. We have something else in common, the being able to spend hours sitting in butterfly houses just watching! Thanks for your comment. :)

      Howdy Mary! Thank you so much. One of the things I love about climates like Florida is your ability to grow things that could have a milkweed plant covered in caterpillars! Lucky you! That kind of thing really makes my day. :) I will have some milkweeds this summer and late spring hopefully. Have a great night.

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      Mary Hyatt 

      6 years ago from Florida

      Beautiful and informative! I have 2 Milkweed plants that are almost covered right now in caterpillars. Pretty soon the butterflies will emerge. What a show! I love the butterfly. I've never seen this Blue Morph, though.

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      Kris Heeter 

      6 years ago from Indiana

      These guys are beautiful - very nice photos! I could spend hours sitting in butterfly houses just watching:)

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