Morphogenesis

Model:

  • 28 count Cashel in Vellum by Picture This

  • Pattern size = 7“ x 14“ (14 ct.)

  • Stitch count = 98 x 197

  • Stitched 2 over 2

Threads:

  • All DMC

About the design:

This butterfly is the blue morpho (Morpho peleides), an abundant butterfly of the rainforests of Central and South America. It has a wingspan of up to 8 inches. The lower surface of the wings is camouflaged with shades of brown and the upper surface is iridescent blue. When they sit with their wings folded, they are very difficult to see. But, if a potential predator comes close, they can flash the brilliant upper wings and hopefully confuse the predator for the few seconds it takes to escape. I once saw one of these incredible butterflies flying across a sunny clearing in the Amazon. Every time the wings went down and reflected the sunlight, it was like a bright blue strobe.

The adults feed on the juice of decaying fruits instead of flower nectar. The larvae feed on a broad range of plants. Females have a larger black margin on the wings than males do. So this individual is a female.

If you are curious about the title of this design, ‘morphogenesis’ is the biological process that determines the morphology, or shape, of an individual. This seemed appropriate for a butterfly that undergoes metamorphosis and belongs the genus Morpho.

Released in 2020