Thursday, June 2, 2022

Second on the Second - Behemoth Blue Morpho Butterfly

Photograph and by-line: C. J. Kennedy

 From January 7, 2013

Behemoth Blue Morpho Butterfly Menaces The Back Bay

Friday afternoon, a giant blue butterfly terrorized workers in Boston's Back Bay. The giant insect clung for an hour to the side of the Prudential Tower. The butterfly's wingspan dwarfed the width of the 749 foot  structure. The Pru, completed in 1964, was once the tallest building in the city.

No one seems to know where the insect came from or why it landed on the 52-story building. Local entomologists are speculating the Blue Morpho was attracted to the iridescent blue coloring of the glass and aluminum skyscraper.

Structural engineers have been called in over the weekend to ascertain the building's integrity.

It's your turn to play. From Elizabeth: Now it's time to share your Second on the 2nd.  The rules are quite simple and everyone is welcome to join the fun look back.  All you have to do is bring back a post that you are especially proud of, or perhaps one you shared before anyone knew your blog existed.  Any post, any genre, any artistic endeavor is acceptable.  Join hosts Bleubeard and Elizabeth to see what else is being served up the Second Time Around.


  1. When I saw blue morpho butterflies in Panama and Costa Rica, the most frustrating thing was how they fluttered from one place to another incessantly and never seemed to stay in any one place the way many butterflies do. So it's quite a miracle that this one landed and didn't move on!

    best... mae at

  2. This was a fun piece. Since I'd never seen it, it was fun to read and gave me a smile on this dreary morning. Have a great June 2. hugs-Erika

    1. Sounds like the weekend will be a little drier

  3. This was such a fun read on this dreary morning. I've never heard of a blue morpho before, so I learned something new today. This is a great second look, CJ and definitely a FIRST look on my part. Thanks so much for sharing this on the 2nd.

  4. That made me smile this morning! I had to look up the Blue Morpho, as I wasn't sure it actually was an existing butterfly. But, yes, it is. And I found this little factoid:
    The blue morpho also has what is known as a “flashing” defence. When in flight, its wings appear to flash from vivid blue to dull brown. The butterfly seems to continuously disappear and reappear again, making it very hard to track through the thick jungle foliage.
    Happy Second on the 2nd,

  5. A fun post ... thank you.

    All the best Jan

  6. That is clever and fun to read!!

  7. Fun! Also enjoyed Lisca's info on the Blue Morpho.

  8. Funny post. You had me searching around, to learn more about the Blue Morpho Butterfly. Anne (Cornucopia)