(Blue) Morpho Butterfly Morpho peleides

Morpho butterfly
Blue Morpho butterfly
One of several species of beautiful blue Morpho butterflies, all of which are large with iridescent blue wings on the topside and are native to South/Central America.
Morpho butterfly underside
Blue Morpho butterfly underside
Blue Morpho species have a brown underside with false "eye-spots" to deter predators. The pattern of eyespots on the underside forewing are variable.
Morpho butterflies coupled
Morpho butterfly topside
Blue Morpho butterfly
Male and female are similar in appearance (and are attracted to light blue when mating).
Morpho butterfly
Morpho butterfly
Faded "Banded" Morpho butterfly
The beautiful iridescent blue fades with age, initially leading to a "banded" appearance which could be mistaken for a "Banded Morpho" (separate species).
Morpho butterfly underside
Morpho butterfly emerging
Morpho butterfly
More of the variable eye-spots on the underside. Centre above shows Morpho having just emerged from chrysalis.