Here is your blue things in nature fact of the day. One of my favorite blue insects is the blue morpho butterfly. Blue morphos are not just one species. There are actually 29 morpho species and interestingly, not all of them are blue. They are found in South and Central America and they are one of the largest butterfly species. They have several cool defences. When their wings are folded, they are brown, red, black and gray like tree bark. This helps them hide from predators. The large spots on the outside of their wings look like eyes and that could startle a would be predator. If that doesn't work, they emit a strong odor when threatened. Only the males have the blue color. When they fly, another trick they have is called flashing. (No, not the kind that involves a trenchcoat! πŸ˜‚) As they fly, they seem to disappear when their wings close and reappear when they are open. This confuses predators. #blue #insects #butterflies #natureclub #bluemorphos

Posted by Mel Grosvenor at 2021-04-14 12:40:18 UTC