Photo of White Morpho Butterfly

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White Morpho Butterfly Image
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Life Cycle of Butterflies

   
White Morpho Butterfly Chrysalis (Pupa)
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White Morpho (Morpho polyphemus)

Angelic and graceful, the White Morpho butterfly is distinctive and regal. The wings of this butterfly are rather large and stately, particularly when this beauty flies on the breeze from flower to flower. A stark, bright, clean white, these wings look amazingly pure and even slightly translucent. Small round brown eyelets and specks decorate the wings on both sides. The coloring is so light; you can easily see the veins and spines running inside the wings, giving them their structure and shape. There is no question that you will easily identify this butterfly. Like drifting snowflakes in the sky, the peaceful and natural flight of the White Morpho conveys beauty and calm.

It is rare, but as been seen in Arizona.

Family: Brush-footed Butterfly (Nymphalidae)

Subfamily: Morpho (Morphinae)

Average Wingspan: 4 1/2" - 5 3/4"

Habitat: Tropical area

Plants That Attract This Butterfly

* May not be available for purchase at your local nursery.

Note: Always check a plant's Hardiness Zone to make sure it will grow in your area. (What Is My Hardiness Zone?)

Where To Buy Plants

Butterfly Flight Range Map

White Morpho Flight Range Map

Photo Credits:
Open wing - Patty Bigner
Closed wing - Patty Bigner
Chrysalis - Fred Miller

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