Morpho achilles Linnaeus, 1758)

Common Name:
Achilles Morpho

Papilio achilles (Linnaeus, 1758)

Natural History:

About 30 species of Morpho  are described in the Neotropics (Lamas, 2004). Morpho achilles  occurs with 8 subspecies (Lamas, 2004). The blue of the wings can be seen throughout the year and shines when crossing a patch of sunlight. Despite ist blue color, easily disappears in the shaded understory  when rests with closed wings. In central Amazonia is less abundant than Morpho helenor – another species very similar and common at central Amazônia. 

Brasil; Colombia; Costa Rica; Ecuador; Guyane française; Perú; Suriname; Trinidad and Tobago; Uruguay; Venezuela
Occurence Period:

Occur throughout all the year

Feeding Adult:

Adults feed on decomposing fruits

Feeding Caterpillars:

Host-plants recorded at Brazil and compiled by Beccaloni et al. (2008):

Bignoniaceae: Unidentified species

Erythroxylaceae: Erythroxylum sp.

Luguminosae-Mimosoideae: Inga spp.; Papilionoideae: Dahlstedtia pinnata, Dalbergia sp., Machaerium oblongifolium, Myrocarpus sp. Platymiscium floribundum, Pterocarpus violaceus.

Musaceae: Unidentified species

Rubiaceae: Genipa americana

blue, brown, white, black
forest, forest edge
Lamas G. (2004):
Atlas of neotropical Lepidoptera - Checklist: Part 4A Hesperioidea - Papilionoidea. Book.: 1-439
Beccaloni G.W, Viloria A.L., Hall S.K., Robinson G.S. (2008):
Catalogue of the hostplants of the Neotropical butterflies. Book., London, S.E.A., Ribes, CYTED, Natural History Museum, IVIC: 1-536
morpho achilles dorsal

Female, from dorsal

Specimen deposited in the Collection of Invertebrates INPA, Manaus, Amazonas

morpho achilles ventral

Female, from ventral

Specimen deposited in the Collection of Invertebrates INPA, Manaus, Amazonas