Morpho cisseis

Morpho cisseis is a dark butterfly from Neotropic ecozone (South America). The first description was in 1860 by C. & R. Felder. With a wingspan of 16.0 – 18.0 cm Morpho cisseis is a big member of the family NYMPHALIDAE. The brilliant blue depend on the phenomenal microscopic structure of the scales. The margine is broad and black.



Photos for easy identification

Photo © by Thomas Neubauer
Photo © by Thomas Neubauer
Photo © by Thomas Neubauer
Photo © by Thomas Neubauer

These are nice photos of Morpho cisseis (male). Morpho cisseis is a member of the family NYMPHALIDAE from Neotropic ecozone (South America).


Description

The forewings are brilliant blue. The margin is  broad and black. There is a dark brown area from the body to the middle of wing.
The underside is brown and marmorate. There is a chain of four very big eyes.

The hind wings are black. Nearby the body there is a brilliant blue area. At the margin there is a chain of blue spots.
The underside is brown and marmorate. There are four big eyes, but one of this eyes looks like a tooth.

The body is brown and whitish.

Sex differences: The female is light brown and has no brilliant blue scales. At the margin on hind wings there is a chain of yellow spots. Some structures of underside shows though.


Macro photographs

Photo © by Thomas Neubauer; 09.09.2006, macro photograph of Morpho cisseis (upside)
Photo © by Thomas Neubauer; 09.09.2006, macro photograph of Morpho cisseis (upside)
Photo © by Thomas Neubauer; 09.09.2006, macro photograph of Morpho cisseis (upside)
Photo © by Thomas Neubauer; 09.09.2006, macro photograph of Morpho cisseis (underside)
Photo © by Thomas Neubauer; 09.09.2006, macro photograph of Morpho cisseis (underside)
Photo © by Thomas Neubauer; 09.09.2006, macro photograph of Morpho cisseis (underside)
Photo © by Thomas Neubauer; 09.09.2006, macro photograph of Morpho cisseis (underside)
Photo © by Thomas Neubauer; 09.09.2006, macro photograph of Morpho cisseis (underside)
Photo © by Thomas Neubauer; 09.09.2006, macro photograph of Morpho cisseis (underside)

Here you can see some macro photographs of Morpho cisseis.


Distribution

Morpho cisseis is a butterfly of the Neotropic ecozone (South America). The distribution is restricted to Brazil.


This world map shows the ecozones in which this butterfly is distributed.

Larval food

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General information

The first description of this butterfly was in 1860 by C. & R. Felder. There are two 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

Similar and closely-related species

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Scientific name

Morpho cisseis C. & R. Felder 1860


Synonym

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Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree

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Ecozone

NEOTROPIC (South America)

 

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