The amazing biodiversity of the Amazon rainforest guarantees sights of strange and beautiful creatures like the Morpho butterfly every time you go for a hike. You can walk along the same trail every day for a week and see different birds, insects, and animals every single time. This is the general rule because although there are hundreds of species of plants and animals, each individual species tends to be naturally rare. Another reason why you keep seeing different animals in the same area is due to their camouflage. That large tree frog seen on Tuesday was just overlooked on Monday, thousands of katydids blend into the surrounding vegetation, and that White-fronted Nunbird or Broad-billed Motmot was only seen because it decided to fly from one perch to another.
There are hundreds of camouflaged creatures in the rainforest but there are also quite a few birds and insects with stunningly beautiful colors. The deep red belly of the Black-tailed Trogon shouts for attention, the Paradise Tanager seems to sport every color in the rainbow, and many butterflies look like flying jewels. One type of butterfly in particular never fails to capture the attention of anyone who sees it. Blending camouflage with beauty, big Morpho butterflies look like bright flashes of blue as they lazily flutter through the lower levels of the forest.
There are around 80 species of Morpho butterflies that brighten tropical habitats from Mexico south to Paraguay. Several species occur in the rainforests of Tambopata and you can’t miss them when they are flying around. Resembling surreal flashes of blue light as they flap along a stream or forest gap, you may think that you saw a bird or just imagined the experience.
Some interesting facts about Morpho butterflies:
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