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The Blue Morpho Butterfly Science presentation

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Annie Le

on 29 January 2013

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Butterfly Class: Insecta Phylum: Arthropoda When the Blue Morpho butterfly's wings are folded
they are brown and bronze coloured. They also look similar to the Owl moth wings, the wings are usually
brown and bronze coloured when the butterfly is resting. When the butterfly is not resting, the wings are in the colour of "royal Caribbean blue" with brown edge lining. The blue Morpho butterfly's diet mostly involves
juices from rotting fruit in South America, sap from
exotic trees, and nectar from tropical rainforest flowers. Classification Appearance & Anatomy Diet of the blue Morpho butterfly By Annette Le Order: Lepidoptera Family: Nymphalidae Genus: Morpho Species: Menelaus Habitat & Range The blue Morpho butterfly does not migrate unlike the Monarch butterfly, because the blue Morpho butterfly is a rainforest animal the climate in the rainforest is warm all year round because of it's location below the equator. The blue Morpho butterfly is found in South America, Mexico and Central America. Adaptions The blue Morpho butterfly adapts to the
rainforests of South America and Mexico by blending using the undersides of it's wings. The Blue Morpho butterfly is a omnivore.
The blue Morpho butterfly is near the bottom of the food chain. Which camouflages with the trees of the rainforest. The blue Morpho butterfly uses this technique against it's many predators such as birds and insects. (Also under the phylum of Arthropoda) Life cycle & Reproduction Life cycle 1. The female butterfly lays an egg.
2. A caterpillar is born from the egg.
3. The caterpillar grows as it eats a plant
called Erythroxylum Pilchrum during the night
4. The caterpillar grows large enough to create a cocoon.
5. The caterpillar sleeps inside the cocoon as it evolves into a butterfly
6. The butterfly hatches out of the cocoon and
awakes as a BLUE MORPHO BUTTERFLY! Reproduction The male blue Morpho butterfly releases a chemical called pheromones to attract multiple female butterflies. The female butterfly then lays her fertilized eggs in a safe area/place and flies off. After about nine days the eggs hatch. Behaviour Blue Morpho butterflies are very self-protective, they are very good at protecting themselves because blue Morpho butterflies are only meant to live a short amount of time to reproduce. After the butterfly lays the egg she leaves. Which makes the adult butterflies bad parents. The blue Morpho butterfly enjoys hiding from it's predators using it's moth-like wings. Defense & Offence Enemies of the Blue Morpho Butterfly Rainforest Insects
Baby Jaguars
Jacamar Birds
Flycatcher Birds
The butterfly itself The blue Morpho butterfly learns how to fly
in a certain way, to show only the blue sides
a few times during flight to protect themselves from baby jaguars. They flash the bright blue into their eyes blinding the jaguar. The blue Morpho butterfly uses it's wings for defense and offence purposes against predators such as spider almost similar to the Monarch butterfly as they both use their wings for self-protection. Species Survival Status Status: Endangered In South America we humans, cut down trees. We humans, catch the blue Morpho butterflies(Other butterflies also) and put them in glass cases to be hung on walls. Baby jaguars kill the butterflies for a game. Birds kill
the butterflies when near water holes. Locomotion The movement of the blue Morpho butterfly is the same as other butterflies as it's wings flap gracefully during flight. This is important for the butterfly's survival because without the wings the butterfly cannot travel, fly to food(therefore the butterfly will starve). The butterfly overall more vulnerable without it's wings as it is essential for the butterfly's survival. INTERESTING FACTS! Did you know blue Morpho caterpillars are cannibals? Blue Morpho caterpillars eat their brothers and sisters while they are inside the eggs.
Blue Morpho butterflies are considered one of the BIGGEST butterflies, having a wing span of 7 inches/13-17 cm.
Blue Morpho butterflies are called Morpho because the undersides of their wings are just like moth wings.
Blue Morpho butterflies live to reproduce because their life span is only an average about 115 days which is not a full year.
There are 50 different species of Morpho butterflies THE END!
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