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Owl Butterfly

Caligo

Description:

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.

Habitat:

They are found in the rainforests and secondary forests of Mexico, Central, and South America. These butterflies like rain, but you won't find them in places with heavy rainfall. You might also find them on banana plantations or farms where they like to lay their eggs

Notes:

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

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Stephen Wain
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Stephen Wain

Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador

Spotted on May 9, 2018
Submitted on Jun 9, 2018

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