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Genus Morpho

White Morpho - Morpho polyphemus - male
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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Papilionoidea (Butterflies and Skippers)
Family Nymphalidae (Brush-footed Butterflies)
Subfamily Satyrinae (Satyrs, Morphos and Owls)
Tribe Morphini (Morpho Butterflies)
Genus Morpho
Members of this Genus are NEOTROPICAL with a few species straying into macrothermal temperate zones. In North America, M. polyphemus, has been reported from n. Mexico and the sw. USA (AZ). In South America, M. helenor and M. epistrophis (syn. catenarius) extend into Argentina.
Print References
Most comprehensive resources on this Genus are as follows:

Patrick Blandin
The Genus Morpho, Lepidoptera Nymphalidae
Author Patrick Blandin
Publisher Sciences Nat, 1993
ISBN 0285724657, 9780285724655
Length 56 pages

1) Title The Genus Morpho: The sub-genera Iphimedeia and Schwartzia, Volume 1
ISBN 285724357X, 9782857243571
Length 42 pages

2)The Genus Morpho: The subgenera Iphixibia, Cytheritis, Balachowskyna and Cypritis, Volume 2

3)The Genus Morpho: Addenda to Part 1 and Part 2 & The Subgenera Pessonia, Grasseia, and Morpho, Volume 3


E. Le Moult, P. Réal
1) Les Morpho d'Amérique du Sud et Centrale: historique, morphologie, systématique, Volumes 1-2