Owl butterfly Caligo memnon

A fake eye. The Owl butterfly is one of the best examples of mimicry in the butterfly world. The fake 'eye' is used to startle would-be predators that happen upon the butterfly when it is resting in the day. The 'eye' even has a white crescent that mimics the moist eye of an owl. The rest of the wings complete the picture with white, wavy lines that mimic feathers.

Name: The Owl

Latin: Caligo memnon

Family: Nymphalidae

Origin: Costa Rica

Food plant: Musa, Heliconia .

Owl butterfly Caligo memnon head