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Blue Morpho Butterflies

Updated on September 12, 2014

Blue Morphos at The Butterfly House

The Blue Morpho butterfly is certainly one of the most beautiful butterflies at The Butterfly House in Chesterfield, Missouri.

There are always a lot of these butterflies in the conservatory at The Butterfly House , but in the month of March an additional 3000 Blue Morphos are released and the effect is amazing. Everywhere you look there are blue butterflies flying around.

As a volunteer at The Butterfly House I attended an educational session on the Morpho butterfly so that I would be able to give the guests more information. I found out some very interesting facts that I will share with you in this lens.

all photos taken by Mary Beth Granger at The Butterfly House

Characteristics of Morpho Butterflies - tropical butterflies from the "New World Tropics"

There are more than 80 different species of Morpho butterflies all of which have similar characteristics. The one thing they do not all have in common is the color blue. There are white morphos and also morphos that are gold, brown and reddish in color. Here are some of the common characteristics:

  • Brush-footed butterflies with very small legs for their first pair.
  • They have ears.
  • They have hemispherical eggs
  • They have eye spots on their back sides
  • They have bright colors on their open sides

Blue Morpho's at The Butterfly House

Enjoy Blue Morpho at Home

Here are a few Blue Morpho items that I found online. The book looks to be a great introduction to butterflies for a child. I thought the other two items would be a great way to decorate with a butterfly theme.

A Blue Morpho Butterfly is Born
A Blue Morpho Butterfly is Born

A great butterfly book for kids.

 
Amia Blue Morpho Butterfly Hand-Painted on Glass, 6-1/2 by 5-1/4-Inch
Amia Blue Morpho Butterfly Hand-Painted on Glass, 6-1/2 by 5-1/4-Inch

Hand Painted Blue Morpho is a beautiful decoration for our home.

 

Two types of Morphos at The Butterfly House

At The Butterfly House we have two types of morpho butterflies. The first is the Common Blue Morpho. It has a large expanse of blue on its wings with a black trim around the edges. This butterfly is native to Costa Rica where we purchase it from the El Bosque Nuevo butterfly farm.

This farm gives all of its profit to buying and preserving the rain forest. We are very proud to be part of this contribution to conservation efforts.

Achilles Morpho

The second type of morpho found at The Butterfly House is the Achilles Morpho. This butterfly comes from Suriname on the northern coast of South America.

Morpho Butterflies have Eye Spots - dark colored back side

When the Morpho butterfly closes its wings you will see that they have eye spots on their back side. These eyespots serve to discourage predators from attacking. The contrast between the bright inside color and the dull back side may also surprise the predators and allow the butterflies to escape.

There is no evidence that the Morpho butterfly is distasteful and several bird species have been seen eating them.

Contrasting colors on Morpho Butterflies

This photo shows two Morphos on a leaf. You can get a glimpse of their blue color and see their dark side with their wings closed.

Blue Morphos feed on fruit - they do not feed on flowers

In their native land the Morphos live at ground level in the forest. Since the rainforest blocks most light to the ground there is no flower growth. Because of this lack of flowers the butterflies live on fallen fruit and tree sap. They sip this nourishment through their proboscis, which sometimes looks like a 7th leg.

In the butterfly house the morphos can be seen feeding on trays of cantaloupe, bananas and other fruit.

Morpho Mythology - how were morpho butterflies named

Here are a few interesting facts on the word "morpho".

>Morpho is from the Greek word for shape

>In mythology, Aphrodite, goddess of love and beauty, was sometimes given the name Morpho

>"Aphrodite Morpho" means "The Fair-Shaped"

information for this lens was put together from a seminar at The Butterfly House

Have you ever seen a Blue Morpho butterfly? - stop by and leave me a note

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      Cheryl Paton 

      4 years ago from West Virginia

      Yes, they are so beautiful.

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      Ibidii 

      4 years ago

      Not in person, but they are my favorite colored butterfly1

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      Lynda Makara 

      4 years ago from California

      Such beautiful photos! I rarely see butterflies in my town.

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      anonymous 

      4 years ago

      I would love to purchase some to raise in own home. My children and I love them..They are beautiful. I saw a blue butterfly the otherday, but didn't think to catch it. GUess we should have. We go to the Krohn Conservatory in Spring to see their butterfly displays, they are different every year. If you know where I could purchase some to raise in our home, please give me the info. Thankyou. Wendy Harris

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      Pat Goltz 

      5 years ago

      I have seen many Morpho butterflies, both species you mention here. I have also many photographs. I think the Blue Morpho is still my favorite butterfly, even though I know a lot more about different butterflies than I used to.

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      Rob Hemphill 

      6 years ago from Ireland

      The photos of these gorgeous butterflies are wonderful, thanks for sharing. Happy Easter to you!

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      CreativeXpressi 

      6 years ago

      Absolutely gorgeous photos! I love to watch butterflies. Thank you for helping me learn some new things about them in your lens!!

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      Annamadagan 

      6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing some cool info on these beautiful butterflies! Nice work, blessed by a squid angel.

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      Joy Neasley 

      6 years ago from Nashville, TN

      I believe so, at a butterfly exhibit in Guangzhou, China

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      kimmanleyort 

      6 years ago

      An educational and beautiful lens. It's getting close to butterfly season. These blue morpho's are stunning. Blessed.

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      mel-kav 

      6 years ago

      What a beautiful butterfly.

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      HalloweenRecipes 

      6 years ago

      Yes I have seen many of the Blue Morpho butterflies and they are my very favorites. Where ever I travel the first place I look for is a butterfly farm. I usually visit them every day I am near one. The butterfly is such an exquisite creature.

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      neuromancer lm 

      6 years ago

      One of the most beautiful things nature created.

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      Bigdaddyguru 

      6 years ago

      Some great pics

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      Bigdaddyguru 

      6 years ago

      Some great pics

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      Wedding Mom 

      6 years ago

      Nice lens! The Blue Morpho butterfly is a beauty. I learned a lot thanks!

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      Ronlove LM 

      6 years ago

      Great Lens!

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      Marc 

      6 years ago from Edinburgh

      Nope, don't think I'm seen one - but they are very pretty, aren't they?

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      seosri417 

      6 years ago

      Interesting lens...

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      Julia Morais 

      6 years ago

      No, I don't think I've seen one before. But then again, whenever I see one, I just say, "Look at the pretty butterfly", and don't really think about what type of butterfly it was.

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      Stinkerbelle 

      6 years ago

      Fun lens

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      norma-holt 

      6 years ago

      Great lens and love the colours and the information provided. Blessed and featured on Blessed by Skiesgreen 2012. Hugs

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      WindyWintersHubs 

      6 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Happy Learn About Butterflies Day!

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      jseven lm 

      6 years ago

      I went to an exotic butterfly exhibit last year and saw these blue beauties. Sad that they live such a short life. Blessed lens!

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      dellgirl 

      6 years ago

      Hello. Congratulations on making Popular Pages - Featured Lenses.

      Congratulations on making Popular Pages - Featured Lenses. Thanks for sharing this truly beautiful lens. I'm pinning it on Pinterest. Liked!

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      Wayne Rasku 

      6 years ago

      Your pictures are great. I have spent hours trying to get a picture of one of these butterflies with its wings spread, but I have never gotten it. I have plenty with the wings closed :-) They have these guys at Butterfly World in South Florida. Thanks for sharing the excellent information.

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      Richard 

      6 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

      No, I've never seen one, but what beautiful creatures!

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      Delia 

      6 years ago

      Lovely and informative lens!

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      tricomanagement 

      6 years ago

      Beautiful animals - thank you

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      6 years ago from Canada

      Somehow I knew that your butterfly article would have everything it needed to be eligible for the butterfly quest. Great square photo of appropriate size, photo credits, and a dazzling display that literally stopped my heart in mid beat. Way to go you are a rock star!

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      tssfacts 

      6 years ago

      No, I haven't seen one up close and personal. They are beautiful creature.

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      StrongMay 

      6 years ago

      I don't think I've ever seen a Blue Morpho butterfly.

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      heehaw lm 

      6 years ago

      no i have not seen a morpho butterfly. However i love to meet one someday. they are lovely.

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      KimGiancaterino 

      6 years ago

      Happy Learn About Butterflies Day! I probably did see one at the Butterfly Conservatory in Canada. There were thousands of beautiful butterflies flying around.

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      BunnyFabulous 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      Yes, I've photographed some Blue Morpho butterflies at the University of Florida's butterfly garden. They're stunning in the photos, but even more magical looking in person. Thanks for all the great info about them. Never knew they had ears!

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      miaponzo 

      6 years ago

      I might have.. :) Thanks for these beautiful pictures of butterflies! Blessed!

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      Ken McVay 

      6 years ago from Nanaimo, British Columbia

      Wonderful lens - thank you! Blessed.

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      Tamara14 

      6 years ago

      Beautiful lens about these beautiful creatures. My family and I had a pleasure of visiting so called Papiliorama in Switzerland, a gorgeous park-pavilion of tropical vegetation and so many beautiful butterflies. I don't remember seeing these gorgeously shining blue morphos though. Thank you for sharing.

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      GoodGirlSEO 

      6 years ago

      Great lens! I have been to the butterfly house in St. Louis. It is really beautiful, but very humid, so make sure you wear contact that day and bring a cloth for your camera lens. :)

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      mjtaylor lm 

      6 years ago

      Fun lens! Yes, I have seen a few of these.

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      Skylermeyer2012 

      6 years ago

      Hi, this is lens is definitely cool! Iâll show the kids the site tomorrow and am sure that they will be thrilled and become big fans as well.

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      MarionElodie 

      6 years ago

      I don't think I have, but I love butterflies! Thanks for all the info and beautiful pictures.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      maybe I did, who knows. I never paid attention. it is truly very beautiful.... and btw nice lens. interesting..

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      No, these photos are my introduction to this beautiful butterfly. It's so pretty!

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      jlshernandez 

      6 years ago

      This is the first time I have ever seen a Blue Morpho through your lens. Thanks for sharing.

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      dahlia369 

      6 years ago

      Butterflies have always had a special meaning to me, no matter what color. But of course these metallic blue Morphos look outstanding! :)

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      What amazing colours!

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      prosepine lm 

      6 years ago

      Lovely

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      jordanmilesbask 

      6 years ago

      I haven't seen a blue morpho before but I love to see one..what a beautiful butterfly!

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      Ken Parker 

      6 years ago from Tacoma, Wa

      Amazing colors great lens. I learned something new today thank you.

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      jimbarnes lm 

      6 years ago

      yes when i was a child, but not lately

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      curious0927 

      6 years ago

      I'm ashamed to say I have not. There is a Butterfly House just a mile or so from my house, too busy , to visit! Think I better get going! Thanks for such a nice lens. Blessed!

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Realy Amazing!

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      grflgrfl 

      6 years ago

      Beatufiul photos!

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      Laraine Sims 

      6 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      Yes, but only in a Butterfly Museum. This is a beautiful lens! Angel blessings.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Loved this lens the first time, still do :) Congrat's on the front page feature.

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      AshleysCorner 

      6 years ago

      Wow, beautiful photos and very interessting article!

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      What a pleasure to see your Blue Morpho butterflies on the home page. I was here in 2010 and am happy to return with congratulations and a little angel dust.

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      MarkHansen 

      6 years ago

      Haven't seen one in the wild, but your photos of the Blue Morpho are great!

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      MarkHansen 

      6 years ago

      Haven't seen one in the wild, but your photos of the Blue Morpho are great!

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      BuddyBink 

      6 years ago

      Yes, I have seen a Blue Morpho. Our conservatory here in Columbus also has butterflys during March. I have been there and photographed them during that time. Thanks for your wonderful lens.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      wonderful lens thanks for sharing

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      lasertek lm 

      6 years ago

      No. I would love to see one.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      I learned alot from the quiz's as I missed most of them, haven't seen a butterfly article for awhile so I did enjoy reading this, well done on how you presented this information. *blessed by a squid angel*

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      SteveKaye 

      6 years ago

      I may have. But you have certainly shown me what to look for. Thank you for publishing this lens.

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      SteveKaye 

      6 years ago

      I may have. But you have certainly shown me what to look for. Thank you for publishing this lens.

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      Jules Corriere 

      6 years ago from Jonesborough TN

      Love this lens. Gorgeous photos! Blessed!

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      MelonyVaughan 

      6 years ago

      Great lens and tons of fun!

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      Herman IV 

      6 years ago

      Lovely lens! Butterflies help us enjoy the beauty around us!

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      Itaya Lightbourne 

      6 years ago from Topeka, KS

      So beautiful! Very lovely butterfly and article. :)

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      ForestBear LM 

      6 years ago

      wow it looks beautiful. Wonderful lens, thank you for sharing

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Yes, I think this is the blue butterfly that landed on my back at the conservatory, not i know what it is called, great lens, thank you :)

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      Ilona E 

      7 years ago from Ohio

      Yes, at a butterfly exhibit.

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      MargoPArrowsmith 

      7 years ago

      I think I brought one back with me from Greece. I am not sure, but I think so. I found it dying and picked it up, kept it with me until it died naturally. Is that possible?

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      Oopsy, forgot to mention, lensrolled to my Butterfly Coloring Pages Stained Glass Art, thank you.

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      You are so blessed to get to experience these yourself and over and over again. Such amazing beauty.....

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      GabrielaFargasch 

      7 years ago

      Wow!!! These butterflies are stunning!!! I have never seen one before! Thanks for showing them off here!! I love all the gifts too!!

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      Wednesday-Elf 

      7 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      I've only ever seen a Blue Morpho butterfly in pictures -- and your photos are lovely. My daughter has lived in St. Louis nearly 20 years and never visited the Butterfly House. Now that I've moved here, DD and I are planning a Butterfly House trip this coming Spring!

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      Winter52 LM 

      7 years ago

      I think that I'm going to grab a cup of coffee and sit out side and watch for butterflies. This one is particularly gorgeous! Will have to see what I can find in my own yard!!

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      Last spring (I believe it was) I saw a Blue Morpho on a bush in front of my home in Springfield, MO area. I noticed it had some of it's wing missing and could not fly. I put my finger by its legs and it climb on my finger. I took a photo of it. It was the most beautiful butterfly I had ever seen! I felt very sorry for it not being able to fly. This might sound strange to you and I'm not saying I can tell you for certain that the following incident is infallible, but I prayed for this beautiful creature God created. I asked God to make its wings perfect so it could fly again. The next day I opened my front door and resting on my door wreath was the most perfect beautiful Blue Morpho! I wondered in amazement if it could be the one with the missing wing parts. I have never seen another one since that time. Amazing!

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      Yvonne L. B. 

      8 years ago from Covington, LA

      This lovely lens has been featured on Senior Squid Animal - Nature Directory 1.

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      ohcaroline 

      8 years ago

      I watched a movie on Netflix last week on the blue morpho. I hadn't heard of it before then. They are really beautiful. Nice photos.

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      Virginia Allain 

      8 years ago from Central Florida

      Ah, your photos are a real treat. It's great that you have the opportunity to see all these butterflies.

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      oztoo lm 

      8 years ago

      I have never seen one but they really are beautiful. Great lens and pictures of the Blue Morpho.

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      Tammy Winand 

      8 years ago from McleodGanj HP India

      I have never seen this butterfly...that I know of...it is very beautiful

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      JenOfChicago LM 

      8 years ago

      I haven't ever seen one, but now I would love to, they're gorgeous! Great lens - blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      Everyday-Miracles 

      8 years ago

      Terrific lens! I really enjoyed it, and the photography is fantastic!

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      AlisonMeacham 

      8 years ago

      These are so beautiful!

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      WindyWintersHubs 

      8 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Absolutely beautiful. Each one is so unique and so colorful. Lensrolling to my blue things lens. :)

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      sukkran trichy 

      8 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      i love butterflies. already created a lens about it. this one is very nicely done. 5*

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      anonymous 

      8 years ago

      Have not seen one, but would love to. 5*

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      8 years ago from United States

      Gorgeous! Absolutely beautiful! I see another coffee cup in my future:) Angel Blessed and added to my Squid Angel Mouse Tracks lens

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      Evelyn Saenz 

      8 years ago from Royalton

      Blue Morpho butterflies flutter through the jungles of Costa Rica. They are the largest butterflies that I have ever seen. I love the bright blue color.

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      pkmcr 

      8 years ago from Cheshire UK

      Blue Morpho butterflies are really quite beautiful and you have presented them so well!

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      Heather Burns 

      8 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      I love the Blue Morpho butterflies! Have been to several butterfly houses too...this is a gorgeous lens that I wish I could still bless. 5***** fave lensroll.

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      Carolan Ross 

      8 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      100% on 1st quiz, failed 2nd miserably...used to teach a unit about rainforests to kids and learned about the blue morphos there. This 5 * lens is absolutely gorgeous!!!

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      ElizabethJeanAl 

      8 years ago

      Yikes! I blew that quiz. I know a lot more about birds than I do butterflies. But teachers are the best students. We love to learn.

      Thanks for sharing

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      No, I don't think I have ever seen a Blue Morpho Butterfly but they look gorgeous and your photos are breathtaking.

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 

      8 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Those Blue Morpho butterflies are just gorgeous! I'd love to see them. And I had no idea they ate fruit - fascinating!

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