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|Morpho epistrophus catenaria|
Subspecies in alphabetical order:
- Morpho epistrophus argentinus H. Fruhstorfer, 1907
- Morpho epistrophus catenaria Perry, 1811
- Morpho epistrophus epistrophus (J.C. Fabricius, 1796) = Morpho laertes Drury 1782
- Morpho epistrophus titei E. Le Moult & P. Réal, 1962
In 1913 Hans Fruhstorfer wrote in Die Gross-Schmetterlinge der Erde:
Group Morpho F. (= Leonte Hbn.). Species with metallic gloss on the upper surface; upper discocellular short, middle strongly convex proximally, lower concave distally, in the obtuse angle directed towards the anterior median. Cell of the forewing considerably widened towards the apex. Uncus and its lateral clasps relatively slender, valve distally spined.
Morpho laertes is the best known of a small group of species which differ from all their allies in the chalky, milky or silvery white ground-colour, laertes may be easily known by the connected chain of narrow, oblong, ocellated median spots on the underside of the hindwing, which have mostly only indistinct white pupils and washed-out yellowish bordering. The bluish white colouring is brought out very well in the figure. The upper surface resembles the figured underside, except that the forewing continues narrowly margined with black to about the middle of the median area. Hindwing with some elongate black anteterminal and more distinct submarginal patches. laertes only inhabits the provinces of Rio de Janeiro and Espiritu Santo and is very common both at Rio and Petropolis from January to March. Larva in nests on various forest-trees.It was first figured by Burmeister. Arrangement of the bristles according to Dr. Wilhelm Müller as in Morpho hercules.
- Fruhstorfer, H. 1913. Family: Morphidae. In A. Seitz (editor), Macrolepidoptera of the World, vol. 5: 333–356. Stuttgart: Alfred Kernen.
- Le Moult (E.) & Réal (P.), 1962-1963. Les Morpho d'Amérique du Sud et Centrale, Editions du cabinet entomologique E. Le Moult, Paris.
- "Morpho Fabricius, 1807" at Markku Savela's Lepidoptera and Some Other Life Forms with taxonomy and subspecies
- Butterflies of America Images of type and other specimens.
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