Caligo_eurilochus caterpillars Owl

Gregarious caterpillars. Owl caterpillars congregate at the bottom of their host banana plant in the day. At dusk they climb up into the leaves and together a group like this can eat a quarter of a 4' leaf in one night.

Name: The Owl

Latin: Caligo eurilochus

Family: Nymphalidae

Origin: Costa Rica

Food plant: Musa, Heliconia .

Caligo eurilochus eye

A dead leaf mimic. The Comma has one of the most convoluted shape of any butterfly. This lends it almost perfect camouflage when it hibernates among dead leaves.

Name: Comma

Latin: Vanessa c-albumi


Origin: Wales

Food plant: Stinging Nettles