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Owl Butterfly

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★ 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.

★ The largest butterflies in South America are the Owl butterfly [Caligo idomeneus] ( 14cms )

★ Butterflies are typically diurnal (active in the daytime), but Owl Butterflies are crepuscular (most active at twilight).

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

★ Its staring, owl-like hindwing "eyes" can help deter any predators that do spot it are used to scare away predators.

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