How does the morpho butterfly behave

Arthropod in Costa Rica

Costa Rica
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Order butterflies - Lepidoptera

Tribe: Arthropod - Arthropoda,

Sub-tribe: Trachea - Tracheata

Superclass: six-footed Hexapoda,

Class: Insects - Insecta,

Subclass: Flying Insects - Pterygota,

There are currently more than 180,000 species of butterflies known. They are arranged in 46 superfamilies with 127 families. Around 700 new species are discovered every year. Only 10,000 species of it live in Europe. Approximately 18,000 species can be found in Costa Rica alone.

The species that include name and year in the heading are precisely identified with the help of this incredibly good page: Butterflys of America

Family Edelfalter - Nymphalidae 1
Sub-family Augenfalter - Satyrinae - Tribus Brassolini
Owl butterfly - Caligo telamonius memnon (C. Felder & R. Felder, 1867)

Wingspan:? mm; Occurrence: Mexico to Nicaragua,

Photos from the Lagarto Lodge in Costa Rica on the border with Nicaragua

The "owl eye" to deter birds gave this species its German name. Otherwise he behaves like an owl.

He doesn't like bright light. It is not particularly popular in its range in Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama: It lives on the leaves of various types of banana and can become a nuisance in plantations. How does he survive the use of poison there?

No more poison was used in Verdun than on the banana plantations in 1914/18. Well, the owl butterfly is still 10-15cm tall.

Family Edelfalter - Nymphalidae 2

Subfamily Augenfalter - Satyrinae - Tribus Brassolini

Blue Morpho Butterfly - Morpho helenor narcissus Staudinger, 1887

Wingspan:? mm; Occurrence: Nicaragua to Panama

It is one of the most striking spots of color in the green of the tropical, humid forests of Central America. The blue morpho butterfly or sky butterfly was almost extinct in many places, captured as a souvenir. Did the conservation of species help? In any case, he's joking around again, quite often. Unfortunately, the bright blue man with outstretched wings is almost impossible to capture on the plate. He is always on the move. The radiant blue is not based on any color pigment. It is created by the reflection of light on its scales.

Of course, it is not certain whether the caterpillar pictured will turn out to be a morpho butterfly. But, just touched, it emitted a bestial stench, which speaks for it again. How does the saying go? Never torment an animal as a joke because it can be charged ...

Blue morpho caterpillar - Morpho helenor narcissus

Family Edelfalter - Nymphalidae 3

Lower family - Daninae - Itthomiini tribe

Cream-spotted Tigerwing - Tithorea tarricina pinthias Godman & Salvin, 1878

Wingspan: 75 - 80 mm; Occurrence: Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama

A German name is not known / assigned. Its wingspan is 70-80 mm. You can see this species in the range of Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama.

Family Edelfalter - Nymphalidae 4

Lower family - Daninae - Itthomiini tribe

Paula's Clearwing - Oleria paula (Weymer, 1883)

Wingspan:? ; Occurrence: Osa, Costa Rica to western Panama

The picture was taken near Carara, Osa, Costa Rica

Family Edelfalter - Nymphalidae 5

Lower family - Daninae - Itthomiini tribe

Polymnia Tigerwing - Mechanitis polymnia isthmia H. Bates, 1863

Wingspan:?; Occurrence: Costa Rica and Panama

Edelfalter family - Nymphalidae 6

Sub-family Daninae - Itthomiini tribe

Mimic Tigerwing - Melinaea lilis imitata H. Bates, 1864

Wingspan:? mm; Occurrence: Mexico to Columbia

Edelfalter family - Nymphalidae 7

Lower family - Daninae - Ithomilini tribe

Terra Clearwing - Ithomia terra vulcana Haensch, 1909

Wingspan: Occurrence: Costa Rica and Panama

Family Edelfalter - Nymphalidae 8

Lower family - Daninae - Danaini tribe

Monarch butterfly - Danaus plexippus plexippus (Linnaeus, 1758)

Wingspan: ¿mm; Occurrence: USA, Cuba, Costa Rica and Panama

Family Edelfalter - Nymphalidae 9

Sub-family - Biblidinae - tribe Elpiphelin

Doublebanded Banner - Pyrrhogyra otolais otolais H. Bates, 1864

Wingspan: ¿mm; Occurrence: From Mexico to Panama

Edelfalter family - Nymphalidae 10

Lower family - Nymphlinae - tribe Victorinini

Banded Peacock - Anartia fatima fatima (Fabricus, 1793)

Wingspan:?; Occurrence: South from Texas to Columbia

Family Edelfalter - Nymphalidae 11

Unterfamailie - Nymphalinae - Tribus Nymphalnini

Dirce Beauty - Colobura dirce dirce (Linnaeus, 1758)

Wingspan:? mm; Occurrence: Mexico to Argentina

Family Edelfalter - Nymphalidae 12

Sub-family - Heliconinae - Tribe Heliconiini

Passinon butterfly - Heliconius erato petiverana E. Doubleday, 1847

E: Crimson-patched longwing

Wingspan: 5.5-8 mm; Occurrence: Mexico to Panama

Family Edelfalter - Nymphalidae 13

Lower family - Daninae - Boisduval tribe

Soldier - Danaus eresimus montezuma Talbot, 1943

Wingspan: Occurrence: From South Texas to Columbia

Family Edelfalter - Nymphalidae 14

Lower family - Cyrestinae - tribe Cyrestini

Spot-banded Daggerwing - Marpesia merops (Doyère, [1840])

Wingspan:? mm; Occurrence: Mexico to Panama

Family Edelfalter - Nympalidae, Tribe Parthenini

Blue sailor - Parthenos sylvia (Cramer, 1776)

Blue and Brown Clippers Perched

Blue and Brown Clippers Perched Parthenos silvia

Blue or brown sailor Parthenos silvia is the name of this beautiful noble butterfly. His is around 100 mm. In his wild drawing, the narrow brown body with the orange stripes almost disappears. The underside of the wings is drawn exactly like this, only a lot lighter.

They live in the uppermost regions of the forest. The males flew away other species they would not tolerate in their territory. They live on nectar and other vegetable juices. They are attracted by convertible florets.

Many subspecies are described. Strangely, all in Southeast Asia and none in Costa Rica. Is there something wrong?

Family Edelfalter - Nympalidae, subfamily Cyrestinae 16

- Marpesia berania fruhstorferi (Seits, 1914)