Owl Butterfly

An owl butterfly is a butterfly, in the genus Caligo, known for their huge eyespots, which resemble owls’ eyes. They are found in the rainforests and secondary forests of Mexico, Central, and South America. Owl butterflies are very large, 65–200 mm (2.6–7.9 in), and fly only a few meters at a time, so avian predators have little difficulty in following them to their settling place. However, the butterflies preferentially fly in dusk, when few avian predators are around.[1] The Latin name may possibly refer to their active periods. Caligo means darkness. wikipedia.org

(Click the image to see a larger view where you can really see the eyes and wing detail)


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12 Responses to Owl Butterfly

  1. Such a beautiful butterfly!! It looks like it would blend in very well with the pair of owls we have in our garden at the moment.

  2. The Dose of Reality says:

    WOW! Especially in close up…amazing. SO lovely!! –Lisa

  3. I look at that lovely close-up with the huge eyespot and have to wonder who was watching who as you captured the image 🙂 It’s truly a lovely photo of a beautiful creature. Thanks for posting it.

  4. I love the delicacies of butterflies and this is a great photo!

  5. dhphotosite says:

    WOW the close up is fantastic!

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