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The Owl Butterfly - Facts and Interesting Information

Updated on November 10, 2014

Cailigo Memnon, the Owl Butterfly

An own butterfly resting on a tree branch.  With its wings closed, you can see the eye spots on the wings of this amazing butterfly.
An own butterfly resting on a tree branch. With its wings closed, you can see the eye spots on the wings of this amazing butterfly. | Source

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.

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Owl butterfly, the colors on the opposite side of wings

Look at the beautiful creamy colors of blues and greens on the other side of the owl butterflies wings!  The butterflies can flash these colors for identification purposes as needed.
Look at the beautiful creamy colors of blues and greens on the other side of the owl butterflies wings! The butterflies can flash these colors for identification purposes as needed. | Source

Owl Butterflies can be found in South America.

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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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      Paula 6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Thank you Vinsanity, and I love the owl butterfly they are so cool. I recall seeing them first, and learning their name later. It fits once you see one. :)

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      vinsanity 6 years ago

      Hey there, this is a very cool hub. I never knew that there was an owl butterfly.

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      Paula 6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Thank you Voxvocis!

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      Jasmine 6 years ago

      I loved this hub and the photos you posted. Voted up, awesome!

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      Paula 6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      BkCreative, I love attracting them to the garden as well. They are such a joy, butterflies are. Thank you!

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      Paula 6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Thank you Phoenix!

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      What a beauty. I love attracting butterflies to the garden and learning about them - I didn't know there was a similar one. Great photo too - thanks a lot!

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      PhoenixV 6 years ago from USA

      Great hub!