6. Forest Giant Owl Butterfly
The fascinating giant owl butterflies are known for their huge own’s eyes like looking eyespots on underpart of the wings. They are a member of owl butterfly family and native to South and Central America. The large butterflies have wingspan between 13 and 16 centimeters.
The huge eye pattern on their wings actually look like eyes of many predators. It help the giant own eye butterflies to escape from potential predators like lizards or frogs and to threaten other small animals. The upper wings of owl butterflies is yellowish brown in color with purple borders.
The large owl butterflies are also fly a few meters in short time. They usually fly across forest or agricultural fields at evening. Owl butterflies mainly feed on fruits. They have a lifespan between 125 and 150 days.
An owl butterfly is a butterfly, in the genus Caligo, known for 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, 65–200 mm (2.6–7.9 in), and fly only a few meters 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. The Latin name may possibly refer to their active periods. Caligo means darkness.