Photos for easy identification
These are nice photos of Morpho anaxibia (female). Morpho anaxibia is a member of the
The forewings are brilliant blue. The margin is broad and brown and include a chain of orange spots. Between the blue area and the brown margin there is a chain of little white spots.
The underside is brown, grey and marmorate. There is a chain of five big eyes.
The hind wings are brilliant blue. The inner edge is grey. The margin is broad and brown and include two chains of orange spots.
The underside is brown, grey and marmorate. There is a chain of five small eyes.
The body is brown, but the upside is black and blue.
Sex differences: The male is smaller than the female. It is brilliant blue and only the wing leading edge and the pinion are black.
The first description of this butterfly was in 1777 by Esper. There are no subspecies.
The brilliant blue is a characteristic of nearly all members of genus Morpho. The phenomenal microscopic structure of scales excite interference, which erase all wavelength of light except for blue light. Therefore the wings are blue although there are no pigments.
Protection provisions / Red List
- CITES: (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora):
-no entry- (as at 23.06.2005)
- 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 anaxibia Esper 1777
Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree
- Kingdom: ANIMALIA
- Phylum: ARTHROPODA
- Class: INSECTA
- Order: LEPIDOPTERA
- Suborder: DITRYSIA
- Superfamily: PAPILIONOIDEA
- Family: NYMPHALIDAE
- Subfamilie: MORPHINAE
- Tribe: MORPHINI
- Subtribe: MORPHINA
- Genus: MORPHO
- Specific name: ANAXIBIA