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Butterfly populations are a very good indicator of the health of an area's ecosystem !!
Image contributed by U.K.
photographer Matt Gratton.
Morpho polyphebus prefer tropical rainforests with distinct dry seasons.
They fly and can be observed primarily from May - November.
Both dorsal and ventral side wings are a bright white with light brown markings and a row of small eyespots on the ventral hindwings.
Their flight is very fast and irregular, and they prefer elevations from sea level to 4,000' (1,200m).
Adults have an average lifespan of approx. fourteen days.
Diet: caterpillars eat Paullinia pinnata and Inga .
Diet: adults take nectar, rotting fruit and tree sap.
Avg. wingspan: 11.43 - 14.6 cm / 4 1/2 - 5 3/4"
The single biggest threat to butterfly survival is habitat destruction!!
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