Fun Facts about the Blue Morpho Butterfly
If you’ve ever been to a butterfly garden, you know how enjoyable it can be to see the beautiful butterflies, watch them in a natural environment and even feel one of them land on your body! Butterflies are among the most beautiful creatures in our world, and in some cases, butterfly gardens are the only place to see rare species up close.
The blue morpho butterfly is one of these species. Although these butterflies can be found in North America, their habitat rarely extends farther north than southern Mexico. That’s because these butterflies need a tropical climate to thrive and are at home in the rainforest.
Luckily, a butterfly center near Atlanta, GA, can properly simulate these conditions, allowing blue morphos to survive in northern Georgia and let residents and visitors see these majestic insects up close. Here are a few fun facts about them to help you appreciate them even more on a visit to Callaway Gardens & Resort!
There Are Multiple Kinds of Them
It’s common for people to group morpho butterflies together as one, but in reality, calling all morphos the same would be like saying that a house cat is the same as a tiger! The fact is, morpho is the genus of these butterflies rather than the species, and there are six different types of blue morphos, along with 23 other butterflies that share the same genus as the blue morphos.
Why do all of these butterflies share the same genus? It’s because all of them appear to change shape and color while they’re flying. The metamorphosis they appear to make is what gave them the nickname, and they’ve held that as their genus to this day.
Only the Males Are Blue
The male blue morphos have two main goals in mind: intimidate other males from invading their territory and impressing the females so that they can find a mate. That’s why they’re so brilliantly blue and why their colors are constantly on display: every chance that they have to find a mate or defend their territory, they’re going to take advantage if possible.
But the females don’t have to worry about those things. They’re not the ones needing to seek out a mate or defend their territory from anyone else, so they don’t have to concern themselves with standing out from the crowd. They might be brown, yellow or even black. You might even find one that’s both male and female, with one blue wing and one dark! Either way, you’ll want to visit the garden before 10 a.m. or after 3 p.m. at least once during your visit. That’s when you’ll have the best chance for pictures!
They’re Attracted to Sweetness
At Callaway Resort & Gardens, guests of the Blue Morpho Reception receive a free glass of either red wine or grape juice when they enter the butterfly conservatory. There’s a reason for it, and it’s not just hydration. It’s because blue morphos are attracted to the juice from the sweetness of grapes, and if you’re carrying a glass, you’re likely going to have a few of these gorgeous creatures heading in your direction. It’s a great way to get up close and personal with the butterflies in a way that few people ever get to experience!
Blue morphos are among the most beautiful insects in the world, and it’s fortunate that they can be seen at a butterfly center near Atlanta, GA. There’s nothing like waking up after a restful night at the Lodge at Callaway Gardens & Resort and spending a day checking out these creatures in the butterfly garden. Book your trip to Callaway Gardens & Resort and take advantage of Blue Morpho Month today!