The Blue Morpho Isn't Really Blue!
Updated: Apr 24
Chasing Butterflies (link to a really cute song)
Dear <<First Name>>, In the jungles around here in Panama, you can spend all day chasing butterflies trying to get good photos, and video of these beautiful fairies of the forest or, just sit on your room terrace and let them come to you. We have planted several flowers and trees to naturally attract butterflies and birds. The Blue Morpho is the largest of all the butterflies in our area, up to an 8" wingspan. It's captivatingly bright blue color which, now we know is not a color at all, make it easy to spot and a favorite, most memorable species of all that grace the jungle environment. Although an incredibly rare species and listed as endangered due to deforestation, we frequently see them here while drinking coffee on a Sunday or on our various jungle adventures because they are solar powered! Thankfully, they love the sun from which they draw energy making them easy to find.
The underside is this dark brown color providing it camouflage from predators and eager photographers which is quite the opposite of it's bright blue topside that we learned in the video is made up of a bunch of microscopic reflective tiles and contains no pigment at all. Fascinating.
If butterflies are your thing, a trip to Panama should be on your short list. There are over 1,800 species of butterflies in Panama and if you wish to chase some around the jungle, we would love to show you around!
Your Friends in Morrillo,
Cari and Ryan Mackey
Owners and Hosts
Morrillo Beach Eco Resort
"Teach them well and let them lead the way."
Today is $omething for $unday. We are helping our local turtle center raise money to purchase materials for their Sea Turtle Hatchery. We are 20% to our goal and every little bit helps!