One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A very large South American butterfly that flies at dusk, with a large eye-like marking on the underside of each hindwing.
Genus Caligo, subfamily Brassolinae, family Nymphalidae
- ‘The owl butterfly, with large eyespots on the wings, is one of Amazonia's largest species and uses its protective coloration to scare away or fool potential predators.’
- ‘Owl butterflies are very large, and fly only a few metres at a time, so avian predators have little difficulty in following them to their settling place.’
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