Blue Morpho

Blue Morpho

Common Name: Blue Morpho
Scientific Name: Morpho peleides
Exhibit: Butterfly Garden
Medium: Colored Pencil
Date finished: May 31, 2008
Observation: This large butterfly is the one that draw the attention of most people who enter the Butterfly Garden. The hardest part is actually getting a picture of their beautiful blue wings. The blue is usually only visible during flight since they close their wings while they are not using them. Their underwings are brown. Similar to the underwings of an Owl butterfly, but less detailed and includes more eye spots. When they do show off their blue upperwings while landed it is usually a sign that they are getting old, or they just flash their wings for a second. This butterfly I drew was a dead one which was amazingly undamaged for the most part. The most damage was from a couple clear spots where someone had touched the butterfly's wings. Most Blue Morphos and Owls damage their wings just by flying around. At the time I had found this butterfly I was wanting to get a good picture of either the female Giant Hummingbird or the male Peruvian Sheartail flying in order to draw them, but once I saw this butterfly I knew that I couldn't pass up such a rare opportunity. In all it took me about eleven hours to draw this butterfly.