Melbourne Museum Blue Morpho Butterfly Hand Mirror
Of the many species in the Morpho butterflies, many are instantly recognisable by the beautiful luminescence on their wings, which morph and reflect light. The wings themselves are not pigmented, but are structured in such a way as to interfere with light at a microscopic level, resulting in the impossibly striking colours they produce.
Russian Novelist and Lepidopterist Vladimir Nabokov - best known for his works of fiction - was also a keen entomologist and curator of natural history, meticulously organising and describing different species of moths and butterflies. He once described the Morpho as '"shimmering light-blue mirrors" - which is exactly what these are!
Produced from an image of a specimen in Museums Victoria's collection, this blue morpho is one that you can hold in your hand - just flip it over to see your reflection. A great gift or accessory for any aesthete or nature lover.
- Made in Melbourne
- Dimensions: 77mm in diameter