Photos for easy identification
These are nice photos of Morpho portis (male). Morpho portis is a member of the
The forewings are brilliant blue. The wing leading edge and the pinion is black. At the pinion there is a little white spot. Some structures of underside show through the wing.
The underside is brown, grey and marmorate. There are two big eyes.
The hind wings are brilliant blue. The inner edge is grey. The margin is black. Some structures of underside show through the wing.
The underside is brown, grey and marmorate. There are three big eyes.
The body is brown, but the upside is black.
The first description of this butterfly was in 1822 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 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 portis Hübner 1822
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: PORTIS