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Morpho peleides, or the Blue Morpho, is one of the most well-known Neotropical butterflies due to its striking iridescent blue wings. M. peleides is sometimes considered a subspecies of M. helenor (Gerardo Lamas, (2004) Atlas of Neotropical Lepidoptera; Checklist: Part 4A; Hesperioidea – Papilionoidea). It is commonly found along forest trails, banana and coffee plantations, and woodland streams up an elevation of 1600 meters (DeVries 1987). It has a natural distribution from Mexico down to Northern South America (Janzen 2010). More specifically, Costa Rican habitats that harbor M. peleides include Pacific lowland evergreens (0-800m), Pacific mid-elevation (700-1600m), and Atlantic lowlands (0-500m) (DeVries 1987).