The Owl Butterfly - Facts and Interesting Information
Cailigo Memnon, the Owl Butterfly
The Amazing Owl Butterfly
The owl butterfly is a beautiful, interesting, larger butterfly with an amazing built in protection system. It has what appears to be large eyes, that would be more fitting of a larger predator than a fragile, beautiful butterfly. As needed, these eyes trick other creatures that would normally make the Owl Butterfly a snack or meal! All another hungry animal needs to see, are "eyes" that would fit on a creature that would eat them if they had the chance, and they are immediately looking elsewhere for food! What an incredible built in defense mechanism.
My first real experience with these owl butterflies was when I was on a trip to visit family in the Midwest, and we all went to a butterfly conservatory. As you can see in the picture I was able to capture, the owl butterfly has a very fitting name. The colors on the outer wings, and the eyeball design are the perfect cover up. Isn't nature just amazing? The more I find out the more fascinating it becomes to me.
Owl butterfly, the colors on the opposite side of wings
Owl Butterflies can be found in South America.
Facts about the Owl Butterfly (or Cream Owl Butterfly)
The Cailigo Memnon (or Caligo memnon), also known as the owl butterfly can be found living in Central and South America. There are some other names associated with this butterfly and they are the Tawny owl butterfly, and Memnon's Owl. They are rather large, as butterflies go, about 6 and 3/8 inches across the wingspan. The larvae feed on banana leaves and many other large leafed plants. Without the right plants, they will not survive. The female will lay her eggs on the appropriate leaves so when larvae come out they are ready to eat.
Compared to many other butterflies, the Owl Butterfly can be found in drier areas. The Caligo Memnon isn't to be confused with the Giant Owl butterfly that looks a bit similar and likes wetter rain forest settings.
These beauties are a member of the brush-footed butterflies, or Family Nymphalidae.
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