Photos for easy identification
The fore wings are dark-brown. At the outer edge there are two chains of yellow or orange spots.
The underside is brown and grey. There are three big eyes on the wing.
The hind wings are dark-brown. The outer edge is wavy. At the outer edge there are two chains of yellow or orange spots. Next to the body there is a dark and bluish area.
The underside is brown and grey. There are four little eyes on the wing.
The body is dark-brown.
Sex differences: ---
Morpho amphitrion is a butterfly of the Neotropic (South America). This butterfly is distributed in whole South America.
The first description of this butterfly was in 1887 by Staudinger. There are no subspecies.
Protection provisions / Red List
- CITES: (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora):
-no entry- (as at 14.06.2006)
- EU regulation on trading with species of wild Fauna and Flora
-no entry- (as at 19.08.2005)
- IUCN Red List of threatened species:
-no entry- (as at 2004) (see: www.redlist.org/)
Similar and closely-related species
Morpho amphitrion Staudinger 1887
Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree
- Reich: ANIMALIA
- Stamm: ARTHROPODA
- Klasse: INSECTA
- Ordnung: LEPIDOPTERA
- Unterordnung: DITRYSIA
- Überfamilie: PAPILIONOIDEA
- Familie: NYMPHALIDAE
- Unterfamilie: MORPHINAE
- Tribus: MORPHINI
- Subtribus: MORPHINA
- Gattung: MORPHO
- Art-Epipheton: AMPHITRION