Meet the Morphoids: Sepal


Sepal is the first Morphoid I discovered.  Despite his effective camouflage, I had noticed him scurry under a bush during one of my daily walks through Fish Creek Park here in Calgary.  I wasn’t sure what it was at first…. I had never seen anything like it.

It seemed to resemble a botanical form I’ve studied- the part connects the stem of a plant to it’s flower, the sepal, and so I was calling this Morphoid Sepal, before I had even an inkling of what a Morphoid was.

Sepal Sighting #3

There’s been evidence of another Sepal sighting…. as seen here.  This is another clip that has been sent in to us.  Maybe the creatures are more common than we think.

Diagram: Sepal


Another Sepal Sighting!


There has been another sighting of a Sepal specimen!  This one looks really similar in size and shape to the one we have in our laboratory.  This time, we just took some photographs and watched, until we lost sight of it in the grass.

Question: What do you think Sepal eats?

We think Sepal must eat grass, or bugs, which are plentiful where he lives.  We’ve never seen him do it though.  The Morphoids are all very aware when they are being watched.

Exhibit: Sepal, Scarabaeidae and Pteropod at the Alberta Craft Council


Coming Up Next....

The IMR will be at the Alberta Craft Council’s Discovery Gallery in Edmonton, Alberta!  If you’re in the area, go take a look!  No Morphoids have been discovered this far north, and this is the farthest these particular Morphoids have traveled, making them a rarity in that part of the world.

Sepal, Pteropod and Scarabaeidae are the three Morphoids in the exhibit.  The display will be up and open to the public from May 28th – July 9th, 2011.  The Discovery Gallery is located at 10186 – 106 Street, Edmonton Alberta.

Sepal: Effective Camouflage


Sepal has very effective camouflage. At first, when I discovered him, all I could see was the movement. When I looked, I couldn’t make out exactly what was moving, and then I saw it.  I had never seen anything like it.  Sepal is a creature of an unusual color, texture, and shape. He doesn’t seem to have any sort of a face- no obvious eyes, nose or mouth.  It also seems to move very quickly, but slyly, and almost when you are not looking.