Butterflies and Moths of North America

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White Morpho
Morpho polyphemus Westwood, [1850]

Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: Satyrinae
Tribe: Morphini
Identification: Both upper and lower sides are shining white, with few brown markings. Underside of hindwing has a row of small eyespots.
Wing Span: Not reported.
Life History: Eggs are laid singly on host plants.
Flight: May-November in Mexico.
Caterpillar Hosts: Paullinia pinata (Sapindaceae); Inga (Fabaceae).
Adult Food: Rotting fruit.
Habitat: Tropical premontane forests with a distinct dry season.
Range: Costa Rica north to Mexico. A rare stray to southeastern Arizona.
Conservation: Not required for rare stray.
Management Needs: None reported.