Menelaus’ blue morpho butterfly

This beautiful male Morpho butterfly has iridescent wings. The colour is not produced by a pigment but by the way light is reflected from the microscopic scales that cover the wings. It is from the collection of Captain G C Woodward.

Object Summary

Accession Loan No.
Natural History
Collection Class
Collection Area Region
South America
Collector Excavator
Woodward (from the collection of)
Common Name
Menelaus’ blue morpho butterfly
Simple Name
insect: butterfly: pinned

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NYMPHALIDAE: Morpho menelaus (Linnaeus, 1758): Menelaus’ shapely butterfly