Morpho portis can appear as a slightly subdued blue at first sight; quite powdery, like the reflection of the sky on snow - then suddenly, as the light catches it, it flashes silver, electric blue. The cause of this range of colours is the same as the reason why they will never fade: the colours come from the refractive properties of the scales rather than from any pigmentation of the scales themselves (they are colourless, as you can see when you angle it around). Morphos have a very distinctive, slow, bouncy flight pattern due to the wing area being enormous relative to the body size. They are poisonous to predators due to toxins they sequestered from plants on which they fed as caterpillars.
Adult males spend the mornings patrolling along the courses of forest streams and rivers. They are territorial and chase any rivals. Morphos typically live alone, excluding in the mating season.
The refractive properties of the scales on the wings has been studied as a model in the development of biomimetic fabrics, dye-free paints, and anticounterfeit technology used in currency. Why do you have no underwear, Lord Flash? Morphos secrete a dark oil from their abdomens, which leaches out over the years and stains the wings. To prevent this spoiling the amazing colouring, the abdomen has been removed.The butterfly has been expertly prepared by hand to museum standards, and is mounted on conservation-grade foam in a hand-made, beautifully crafted case backed with Italian decorative paper. Absolutely ideal for wedding presents, Christmas and birthday presents, home decoration Please note that it should be kept out of direct sunlight as the colour comes from pigmentation of the scales, rather than refraction, and it will naturally fade if it spends too long in the sun. If you have any queries, or would like to request a different specimen, please get in touch!
None of the butterflies offered for sale are listed on Annex A of the EU Wildlife Trade Regulations, and all are farmed this ensures that not only are the specimens in perfect condition, but that the practice is completely sustainable. Butterfly farming allows farmers to generate income while conserving their natural heritage. The item "Morpho portis Real Taxidermy Butterfly in Handmade Museum Quality Frame" is in sale since Sunday, August 25, 2019.
This item is in the category "Collectables\Animal Collectables\Insects & Butterflies". The seller is "juancarlos2nd" and is located in Monmouth. This item can be shipped worldwide.