Morpho sulkowskyi is a . The first description was in 1850 by Kollar. With a wingspan of 9.0 – 11.0 cm Morpho sulkowskyi is a big member of the family NYMPHALIDAE. The butterfly is predominantly white, but it has an iridescence blue on wings. This iridescence blue depend on the phenomenal microscopic structure of the scales.
Photos for easy identification
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The forewings are white with a light iridescencs blue. The wing leading edge and the pinion is black. Some structures of underside show through the wing.
The underside is whitish, brown and marmorate. There is a short chain of small eyes.
The hind wings are white with a light iridescencs blue. In back there is a broad brown area. Some structures of underside show through the wing.
The underside is whitish, brown and marmorate. There is a short chain of big eyes.
The body is dark brown or black.
The first description of this butterfly was in 1850 by Kollar. There is only one subspecies.
- Morpho sulkowskyi sirene [Niepelt 1911]
The iridescence 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 sulkowskyi Kollar 1850
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: SULKOWSKYI