Eryphanis polyxena

Purple Mort Bleu

Basic Information

General information

Family: Nymphalidae
Sub Family: Morphinae
Estimated Lifespan 14 Days

Garden Specific Information

Estimated Number In Flight: 5
Total Number of Pupae Received: 752
First Flown On: 06/07/04
Last Flown On: 06/23/22

Species Range:

  • NorthAmerica
  • SouthAmerica

Host plants:

  • Bamboo

Food Source

They are normally only seen at dawn when they visit rotting fruit on the forest floor.


This species is found in rainforest and humid deciduous forest.

Life history

The female lays eggs singly on the hostplant. Caterpillars feed at night and rest during the day.


This butterfly can be found in flight year-round.

Fun Facts

This butterfly's cryptic patterns on the undersides of its wings provide excellent camouflage so it can be undetected in its natural environment.