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White Morpho Butterfly

The White Morpho is a white butterfly of Mexico and Central America, ranging as far south as Costa Rica. As suggested by its name, this is one of the relatively few morphos that is white rather than blue. The species epithet is derived from Polyphemus, a character in Greek mythology, from the small eyespots on the wing. Polyphemus was the one-eyed son of Poseidon and Thoosa. Angelic and graceful, the White Morpho butterfly is distinctive and regal. The wings of this butterfly are rather large and stately, particularly when this beauty flies on the breeze from flower to flower.

A stark, bright, clean white, these wings look amazingly pure and even slightly translucent. Small round brown eyelets and specks decorate the wings on both sides. The coloring is so light; you can easily see the veins and spines running inside the wings, giving them their structure and shape. There is no question that you will easily identify this butterfly. Like drifting snowflakes in the sky, the peaceful and natural flight of the White Morpho conveys beauty and calm.

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