Photographer Captures Magical Sight of Brilliant Blue Butterflies Clustered on a Tree

Blue Morpho Butterfly Picture by Kelvin Hudson

Photographer Kelvin Hudson came across a magical sight that would typically be reserved for a fairytale. While in the forest, he captured an image of a tree partially cloaked with a cluster of blue morpho butterflies. A majority of the brilliant winged creatures gathered around the trunk of the tree while others spread out in small groups on surrounding branches. The resulting image is awe-inspiring.

Hudson was certainly in the right place at the right time to snap this photo—especially considering the behavior of this butterfly species. Adult blue morpho butterflies will spend the majority of their time on the forest floor and in lower shrubs and trees. While here, their wings are folded to conceal their vibrant coloring, and they'll display brown underwings that provide them safety from predators such as birds and other insects. Hudson likely caught them in a moment when they were enjoying the warmth of the sun.

This image is available as a signed archival print—simply email Hudson to inquire about getting one for yourself. In addition to creating stunning images like this one, he is currently working on a book about his photographic adventures that have taken him around the world.

Kelvin Hudson: Website | Instagram | Facebook

My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Kelvin Hudson.

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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