Morphos are mesmerizing! In flight you see the flash of blue, but when they sit they’re invisible as they almost never open the wings and the underside is like the surroundings of its environment – the dark and dappled forest floor.

This individual is old and torn, perhaps somewhat confused as it’s sitting with open wings by the edge of the oxbow lake at the Amazon research and conservation Center (ARCC). Getting a photo of a morpho with open wings is very hard, so this was a welcomed opportunity – albeit a torn specimen.

  • Aperture: ƒ/5.6
  • Camera: NIKON D4S
  • Focal length: 700mm
  • ISO: 1000
  • Shutter speed: 1/1000 s