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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. The Latin name may possibly refer to their active periods. Caligo means darkness.

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  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarke5 months ago

    Such a beautiful little butterfly. I never seen one like this before. Gorgeous capture.

  • TomBaumker
    TomBaumker5 months ago

    Awesome macro my friend ! I love it ! Hugs

  • john NORRIS
    john NORRIS5 months ago

    What a great shot Ann. I would call it a lizard butterfly.

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