Photos for easy identification
The forewings are brilliant blue. The wing leading edge and the pinion is black. Some structures of underside show through the wing.
The underside is brown and grey and marmorate. There are one small and two big eyes on wing.
The hind wings are brilliant blue. The margin is ridged and black.
The underside is brown and grey and marmorate. There are four eyes on wing.
The body is dark brown.
Here you can see some macro photographs of Morpho nestira.
The first description of this butterfly was in ??? by Hübner. 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 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 nestira Hübner ???
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: NESTIRA