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Owl Butterfly

Owl Butterfly
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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-07
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot S1-IS
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Travelogue: Costa Rica
Theme(s): Lepidoptera: Butterflies and Moths 2, Butterflies of middle America, Butterflies & Moths 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-05-15 3:37
Viewed: 6523
Points: 28
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Owl Butterfly
Caligo memnon

The owl butterfly is one of Amazonia's largest butterfly species. (See huge larva)
The large eyespots on the wings serve either to scare a potential predator or to misdirect an attack away from the body (since predators will often first attack the eyes of prospective prey, in this case the butterfly's wings).


FW Length: 68-78 mm

Geographic Range: Occurs from sea level to 1400 m on the Pacific slope as a common species, but is much rarer on the Atlantic slope.

Host Plant (s): Heliconia (Heliconiaceae)

Unique Characteristics: Persistent throughout the year, but commonest during the rainy season.
Metamorphosis Time Life (days)
Egg 22
Caterpillar 60-70
Chysalis 22-30
Butterfly Life 21
Total Proccess: 125-143


The Owl Butterfly feeds exclusively on fermenting fruit. Itís a habit which can result in the giant butterfly literally keeling over in a drunken stupor.


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This is a great shot of the Owl B'fly. Look at all the colours in the wing. POV is spot on. Nice bright photo. Crisp, clear and sharp. Well done.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-05-15 4:34]
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A beautiful butterfly shot! The colors are really amazing (did you use flash?) and the details are sharp. Very well done & TFS!


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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2005-05-15 13:44]

Excellent picture. Nice colours, good details. I like it.

Great capture Manyee,
Stunning colours and details. Very sharp and good POV.
Thanks for posting

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-05-16 3:33]

Hello Manyee!
Wonderful macro.Colors,sharpness,details,lighting,BG and composition are perfect.Very well done!TFS...:-)

Manyee, this is very nice work. The details are sharp. the colors a bit vivid but I guess its the flash. Not a distraction though. Very well done.

Very sharp image and rich color. Contrast and Color is just nice!

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-05-17 1:56]

Hello Manyee, this is a very good photo of the owl butterfly. I like the colours in this frame and the composition is good too. Nice work, thanks for posting.

Very nice butterfly shot Manyee. It reallu does look like it has an owl's eye on the wing, doesn't it? I love the detail on the wings but the red stem near the head is annoying. That's an awesome camera for macro!

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2005-05-19 8:24]

Nice composition of butterfly. I have never seen this type before.I like the blue eye on the wing.
Great capture.


Hello Manyee,

when I looked at the thumb I saw the head of a lizard. Very nice and detailed picture and excellent note. Thank you.


You are right. That is a big butterfly. Nice image. Thanks

Nice capture owl butterfly.
On focus.
I always try to convince people not to use flash;-)

Hi Manyee. Stunning creature. Those "eyes" are mesmerizing. Beautiful colours and light. PoV allows close admiration. Well done. Regards. Klaudio.

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