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Hi all, the Blue Morpho, live's in the tropical forests of Latin America from Mexico to Colombia (in this case Devon Smile ) and one of the few Butterfly's that look as colourful with it's wings closed as they do open.

It's diet changes throughout each stage of its life cycle. As a caterpillar, it chews leaves of many varieties, but prefers to dine on plants in the pea family. When it becomes a butterfly it can no longer chew, but drinks its food instead. Adults use a long, protruding mouth part called a proboscis as a drinking straw to sip the juice of rotting fruit, the fluids of decomposing animals, tree sap, fungi and wet mud. They taste fruit with sensors on their legs, and they "taste-smell" the air with their antennae, which serve as a combined tongue and nose. Courtesy of Rainforest alliance

Many thanks for the votes and comments on my previous upload and a special thank you to Chinga, Brian65, SerbAdrian, WindowonWildlife, richmowil, hasslebladuk, Glostopcat, bricurtis and BydoR9 for the UA's, also thank you to keithh for the GEA and Pete for the HC, so much appreciated and knocked out with the response,
Regards,
Geoff.

Camera:Nikon D300 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Blue Morpho 2
Username:FeatherFriend FeatherFriend
Uploaded:22 Oct 2013 - 12:18 PM
Tags:Blue morpho, Butterfly, Captive, Devon, Wildlife, Wildlife / nature
Votes:69

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Joline
Joline e2 Member 8Joline vcard United States51 Constructive Critique Points
22 Oct 2013 - 12:25 PM

You have shown this with the most amazing clarity.....beautiful image in every way.

PattiW
PattiW e2 Member 8PattiW vcard United States2 Constructive Critique Points
22 Oct 2013 - 12:47 PM

Exquisite! PattiSmileSmileSmile

gary_d
gary_d e2 Member 6519 forum postsgary_d vcard Wales12 Constructive Critique Points
22 Oct 2013 - 12:48 PM

A great image Geoff and interesting info too. - gary

Bickeringbush1
22 Oct 2013 - 1:17 PM

Great shot & detail

saeidNL
saeidNL  4 Netherlands3 Constructive Critique Points
22 Oct 2013 - 1:22 PM

Great shot,like the colour and detail here,very well done,
saeid

EMJAYCEE
EMJAYCEE e2 Member 5EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
22 Oct 2013 - 1:31 PM

Sharp, beautiful detail and colour - perfect.
Joan.

CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
22 Oct 2013 - 1:49 PM

This is stunning photography, Geoff. Carol

Alan_Baseley
Alan_Baseley e2 Member 13320 forum postsAlan_Baseley vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
22 Oct 2013 - 1:54 PM

Terrific shot Geoff,
Alan

Fefe
Fefe e2 Member 2Fefe vcard United Kingdom28 Constructive Critique Points
22 Oct 2013 - 2:04 PM

Love it!
Diane

DerekL
DerekL e2 Member 9100 forum postsDerekL vcard England23 Constructive Critique Points
22 Oct 2013 - 2:11 PM

Lovely sharp detail and tones in the butterfly and love the eye detail Geoff.
Did you take this in your back garden WinkWinkWinkWinkTongue

Derek

FeatherFriend
FeatherFriend e2 Member 6FeatherFriend vcard England216 Constructive Critique Points
22 Oct 2013 - 2:20 PM

Thanks all for popping in,
Geoff.

Mozzytheboy
Mozzytheboy e2 Member 3550 forum postsMozzytheboy vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
22 Oct 2013 - 2:30 PM

That is ONE HECK of a shot! Brilliant in every way.

Mozzy

GeorgePlatis
GeorgePlatis e2 Member 1GeorgePlatis vcard Greece1 Constructive Critique Points
22 Oct 2013 - 2:48 PM

Cracking image!
George

NaturesHaven
NaturesHaven e2 Member 2246 forum postsNaturesHaven vcard England5 Constructive Critique Points
22 Oct 2013 - 2:51 PM

Delightful.................great composition...............GrinGrinGrin

Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
22 Oct 2013 - 3:03 PM

A magnificent shot Geoff
Lillian

DorisD
DorisD  England
22 Oct 2013 - 3:13 PM

Sheer Quality

Badgerfred
Badgerfred e2 Member 7Badgerfred vcard Wales
22 Oct 2013 - 3:43 PM

Excellent detail in this beauty Geoff,
Fred.

KarenFB
KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 84254 forum postsKarenFB vcard England162 Constructive Critique Points
22 Oct 2013 - 3:59 PM

A beautiful capture - the colours and details are wonderful!

sparrowhawk
sparrowhawk e2 Member 5267 forum postssparrowhawk vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
22 Oct 2013 - 4:03 PM

just one thing to say my Friend WOW !!!

Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
22 Oct 2013 - 4:21 PM

Fascinating narrative to support this stunning capture of the Morpho Geoff. Wonderful exposure and presentation. Congrats for awards on the previous.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Ron

FeatherFriend
FeatherFriend e2 Member 6FeatherFriend vcard England216 Constructive Critique Points
22 Oct 2013 - 4:32 PM

Thanks everyone,
Geoff.

dmhuynh72
dmhuynh72 e2 Member 628 forum postsdmhuynh72 vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
22 Oct 2013 - 4:48 PM

great bg, detail and light Geoff.
regards
Yung

JuBarney
JuBarney e2 Member 3JuBarney vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
22 Oct 2013 - 5:12 PM

Beautiful
Ju

viscostatic
22 Oct 2013 - 6:37 PM

Great colour and detail.

Phil.

Philip_H
Philip_H  2 United Kingdom
22 Oct 2013 - 7:27 PM

Outstanding!

P.

bricurtis
bricurtis e2 Member 91887 forum postsbricurtis vcard England48 Constructive Critique Points
22 Oct 2013 - 9:06 PM

Another beauty Geoff.
Brian.

cheesey
cheesey e2 Member 8cheesey vcard United Kingdom
22 Oct 2013 - 11:24 PM

Wonderful colours and detail.
Cheesey.

FeatherFriend
FeatherFriend e2 Member 6FeatherFriend vcard England216 Constructive Critique Points
23 Oct 2013 - 10:40 AM

Many thanks and a special thank you to NaturesHaven for the UA, really appreciated Julia,
Geoff.

Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8231 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
23 Oct 2013 - 6:40 PM

A fantastic follow up to your previous award winning image Geoff, this is yet another beautiful and exotic butterfly. You've captured its wing patterns and markings in such intricate detail

Mike_Smith
Mike_Smith e2 Member 7116 forum postsMike_Smith vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
25 Oct 2013 - 6:17 PM

Cracking image, superb photography work

OAKEY
OAKEY  6 United Kingdom
26 Oct 2013 - 9:49 PM

Great close up Geoff, very well done.
Regards Shaun

raygregson
raygregson e2 Member 6raygregson vcard United Kingdom
27 Oct 2013 - 3:33 PM

superb detail Geoff,well captured.ray

pamelajean
pamelajean Critique Team 8752 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1577 Constructive Critique Points
27 Oct 2013 - 7:01 PM

One of my favourite butterflies, and an exceptional image.

FeatherFriend
FeatherFriend e2 Member 6FeatherFriend vcard England216 Constructive Critique Points
28 Oct 2013 - 10:01 AM

Thanks everyone,
Geoff.

evelen
evelen  9 England
30 Nov 2013 - 6:00 PM

wonderful capture .
eve.Smile

Chinga
Chinga e2 Member 3Chinga vcard United Kingdom
4 Dec 2013 - 11:41 AM

STUNNING! Grin
IB

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