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Giant Owl Butterflies

Butterflies in the genus Caligo are commonly called Owl butterflies, after 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, 65200 mm, and fly only a few metres 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.
Giant Owl newborn
Giant Owl newborn
Giant Owl Oil
Giant Owl Oil
Giant Owl Portrait II
Giant Owl Portrait II
Giant Owl Chrysalis
Giant Owl Chrysalis
Giant Owl (Caligo atreus)
Giant Owl (Caligo atreus)
Giant Owl (Caligo atreus)
Giant Owl (Caligo atreus)
Giant Owl (Caligo eurilochus)
Giant Owl (Caligo eurilochus)
Giant Owl (Caligo atreus)
Giant Owl (Caligo atreus)
Just emerged Giant Owl (Caligo atreus)
Just emerged Giant Owl (Caligo atreus)
Face to face with a Giant Owl
Face to face with a Giant Owl
Giant Owl (Caligo atreus) ....
Giant Owl (Caligo atreus) ....
P9129143cedge.jpg
P9129143cedge.jpg
Giant Owl (Caligo atreus) ...
Giant Owl (Caligo atreus) ...
Giant Owl Portrait
Giant Owl Portrait
Just emerged Giant Owl
Just emerged Giant Owl
Yellow-edged Giant Owl (caligo atreus)
Yellow-edged Giant Owl (caligo atreus)
Just emerged Giant Owl (Caligo atreus) 2
Just emerged Giant Owl (Caligo atreus) 2
Giant Owl (Caligo atreus)
Giant Owl (Caligo atreus)
Giant Owl (Caligo atreus)
Giant Owl (Caligo atreus)
Giant Owl (Caligo eurilochus) II
Giant Owl (Caligo eurilochus) II
Just emerged Giant Owl
Just emerged Giant Owl
Giant Owl just emerged
Giant Owl just emerged
P9129143coljump.jpg
P9129143coljump.jpg
Giant Owl just emerged
Giant Owl just emerged
Giant Owl just emerging
Giant Owl just emerging