Morpho sulkowskyi

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Sulkowsky's morpho
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Morpho
Species: M. sulkowskyi
Binomial name
Morpho sulkowskyi
(Kollar, 1850)

Morpho sulkowskyi, or Sulkowsky's morpho, is a Neotropical butterfly. It is found in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru.


Morpho sulkowskyi is a Tropical Andes cloud forest specialist (above 800 to 1,500 meters as high as 3500 meters). Morpho sulkowskyi and Morpho lympharis are the sole Morphos occupying this habitat.


Morpho sulkowskyi and Morpho lympharis may be conspecific. There are several subspecies and many forms have been described.


  • Morpho sulkowskyi sulkowskyi V. Kollar, 1850
  • Morpho sulkowskyi hoppiana F.W. Niepelt, 1923
  • Morpho sulkowskyi selenaris E. Le Moult & P. Réal, 1962
  • Morpho sulkowskyi sirene F.W. Niepelt, 1911


Neotropical ecozone

Similar species[edit]

It is very similar to, and maybe conspecific with Morpho lympharis.


Iridescent colors of Morpho sulkowskyi are caused by the specific nanostructures on its wings (SEM images at the bottom).[1]

The color of a Morpho sulkowskyi is white with a holographic shine to them.


  1. ^ Potyrailo, Radislav A.; Bonam, Ravi K.; Hartley, John G.; Starkey, Timothy A.; Vukusic, Peter; Vasudev, Milana; Bunning, Timothy; Naik, Rajesh R.; Tang, Zhexiong; Palacios, Manuel A.; Larsen, Michael; Le Tarte, Laurie A.; Grande, James C.; Zhong, Sheng; Deng, Tao (2015). "Towards outperforming conventional sensor arrays with fabricated individual photonic vapour sensors inspired by Morpho butterflies". Nature Communications. 6: 7959. doi:10.1038/ncomms8959. PMC 4569698Freely accessible. PMID 26324320. 

Further reading[edit]

  • 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 234 fig.1 (Brazil) and page 235 fig. 9 as ockendeni (Peru).

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