Owl Butterfly
"Owl Butterfly" (Photo in Costa Rica)
Caligo sp.
Photo courtesy/copyright
Philip Greenspun


Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Lepidoptera

Family

Brassolidae



Name/Status
Source

Owl Butterfly - Not On IUCN Red List

Check 2000 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ for updates



Owl Butterfly

Habitat:

Rainforests in Central and South America.

Diet:

Fruit (especially bananas), leaves, nectar, and plants.

Enemies:

Bats, birds, frogs, snakes, and larger insects.

Facts:

There are many species of Owl butterflies.

They are a large butterfly and can have a wingspan of up to 8 inches.

On the underside of an Owl butterfly are large "eye-spots" which look like an owl's face.

These "eye-spots" are used to scare away predators.

Butterflies pass through four stages of development in their life cycle: egg, larvae, pupa, and adult.

Most butterflies perch and love to bask in the sun. Scientists believe their wings collect sun rays and act as a "solar heater".

The lifespan of a butterfly is short, from a few days to about 8 months.

Butterflies are generally a solitary animal.

When they open their wings, some Owl butterflies are brown in color and some are blue.

Thanks for identification and some facts to
Rob B. and Cullen S. - 2nd Grade
Lake Murray Elementary School, Chapin, South Carolina


Additional Information
Owl Butterfly
All About Butterflies


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