A blue morpho butterfly flies in and lands to feed on a rotting Gepina fruit that was probably dropped from the tree by monkeys.
As it lands and closes its wings, its color instantly changes from brilliant blue to cryptic brown with menacing eyes, giving the impression that it has disappeared. Scientists think the butterflies use this “presto chango” to confuse birds that eat them. And as masters of avoiding capture, the morphos have adapted the jerky flying pattern, evident in this video, that makes their flight unpredictable and thus difficult for birds to intercept.
Filmed in 5K 360.
This video was collected in collaboration with Osa Conservation a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the globally significant biodiversity of the Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica. Webpage: osaconservation.org, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook: @OsaConservation
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