Photos for easy identification
The forewings are black. At the margin there is a chain of little white spots. A very broad brilliant blue area is crossing the wing.
The underside is dark brown and marmorate. There are three very big eyes on wing.
The hind wings are brilliant blue. The margin is ridged. There is a very broad brilliant blue area on wing.
The underside is dark brown and marmorate. There are four very big eyes on wing.
The body is dark brown.
Sex differences: The female is dark brown. At the margin there is a chain of yellow spots. There is a very broad yellow area in the middle of wing. The female has no brilliant blue scales, but it is bigger than male.
Here you can see some macro photographs of Morpho deidamia.
The first description of this butterfly was in 1816 by Hübner. There are only two subspecies.
- Morpho deidamia neoptolemus [Wood, 1863]
- Morpho deidamia. granadensis [C. & R. Felder, 1867]
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 deidamia Hübner 1816
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: DEIDAMIA