Hi all, the Blue Morpho, live's in the tropical forests of Latin America from Mexico to Colombia (in this case Devon
) 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,
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