Morpho hercules

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Hercules Morpho
Museum specimen.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Tribe: Morphini
Genus: Morpho
Species: M. hercules
Binomial name
Morpho hercules
(Dalman, 1823)

The Hercules Morpho, Morpho hercules, is a Neotropical butterfly found in Brazil and Paraguay.


Upper surface grey-green.Forewing with two rows of submarginal yellow dots, of which the proximal are considerably broader than the antemarginal.Patch before the apex of the cell narrow, dark green, subobsolete. Cell black-green. Discal area glossy dark green. Distal border broad, deep black. Base of the forewing dark, of the hindwing somewhat lighter seagreen.

Under surface: forewing bearing two very large rounded ocelli between the medians and two much smaller ones between the upper radial and the upper median. The proximal median spots narrow, irregular. Discal spot black. Cell with two very broad wliite longitudinal bands, posteriorly confluent. Hindwing predominantly red-brown with silver-wliite median band about 3 mm. in breadth. 3 anal ocelli with black iris.


The larva feeds on Musaceae and Menispermaceae (Abuta selloana).


Named for the mythological hero Hercules.


  • Le Moult (E.) & Réal (P.), 1962-1963. Les Morpho d'Amérique du Sud et Centrale, Editions du cabinet entomologique E. Le Moult, Paris.
  • Paul Smart, 1976 The Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Butterfly World in Color.London, Salamander:Encyclopedie des papillons. Lausanne, Elsevier Sequoia (French language edition)ISBN 9780948427046 ISBN 0600313816 page 231 fig.3 underside (Brazil)

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