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silky owl butterfly

Taenaris sp.


The species of Taenaris are whitish to grayish, some species with a yellow anal margin on the hindwing, and with prominent eyespots displayed on the hindwings. They are diurnal fliers. Some species feed on cycads and may be chemically defended, serving as models for Batesian mimicry in a variety of other groups (including Hyantis, Mycalesis, Hypocysta, Elymnias, and Hypolimnas). Most species occur in New Guinea and surrounding islands.


Observed in a large semi-urban yard & garden next to a disturbed patch of remnant forest.


Finally, I got close to one!

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Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 11 years ago


SusanEllison 11 years ago

great shot!

Scott Frazier
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Scott Frazier


Spotted on Aug 10, 2011
Submitted on Aug 10, 2011

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