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Owl Butterfly

Owl Butterfly
Photo Information
Copyright: Paulo Sousa (Paulosousa) (6897)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-06-17
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony DSC-P200
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Insects and Animals from Brazil, Butterflies in Brazil, Butterflies Chapter2, Lepidoptera: Butterflies and Moths 2, 40-49 Points (Chapter 5) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-06-20 12:35
Viewed: 4917
Points: 42
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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. It’s a habit which can result in the giant butterfly literally keeling over in a drunken stupor.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-06-20 12:58]
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Oi Paulo,

Este quadro é formidável e gosto das asas brilhantes especialmente. O que uma borboleta bela. A composição é perfeita e você moldou realmente bem. Bem feito & TFS!


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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2005-06-20 13:04]

Very good indeed! 5*!
A very beautiful butterfly!
Excelent details and defenition!

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-06-20 14:45]

Hello Paulo, veru nice shot. I love the browns and the details are great. Good composition also. Well done.

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2005-06-20 14:49]

Very good DOF&GOOD composition.Perfect lighting.

Its a very nice macro shot. I think you did very well with this work, Paulo. Great shot.

Wonderful capture Paulo,
Superb details, sharpness and colors. Nicely composed and great dark BG.
Thanks for posting

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-06-20 23:03]

Paulo, que beleza de foto.

Bela nitidez, grande composição.

Gosto do fundo preto também.


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  • nofer Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1190 W: 366 N: 811] (2307)
  • [2005-06-20 23:37]

Muito boa macro. Com nitidez, cores e composição tudo muito bom.
Também uma bonita borboleta!

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2005-06-21 2:12]

Hello Paulo, uma captação excelente.
A composição é detalhe e cores grandes, muito agradáveis. O uso bom do flash e do inseto está para fora agradàvel de encontro ao fundo escuro.
Trabalho grande, feito bem.


hello:) I like this butterfly:)I like pose of it and DOF is nice:)



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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-06-21 5:19]

Hello Paulo!
Very interresting shot.It looks like produced from wood.Colors,details,lighting and composition are wonderful.TFS...:-)

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  • naki Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 382 W: 27 N: 5] (40)
  • [2005-06-21 7:19]

Very good capture Paulo. Great deails, Dof and composition. Dark BG. sets the butterfly nicely off.
Well done.

This is a very nice butterfly shot Paulo! A pleasure to view..

Great deatils, good POV, good note.

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2005-06-21 17:20]

Very good shot,Paulo. Unusual butterfly. I like it. Well done.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-06-22 3:39]

Beautiful & interesting composition for this wonderful butterfly ! Unusual & good colors, DOF and details ! TFS Paulo.

Pose is excellent, Paulo! Good work ...Thanks for sharing.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-06-22 4:00]

Nice and sharp Paulo. Well composed, I like his wings showing many scars. Well done.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-06-26 10:38]
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Wow! Superb capture Paulo! So detailed and sharp, beautifull patterns on its wing, great colours. Big eyes ;-) Great post!


Quedei sen aire cando vin ista. O detalle e a textura son incribels. E a composicion con tudos os tonos en sepia moi agradabel. Un traballo ben bonito. Obrigado.

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  • momos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 57 W: 55 N: 171] (705)
  • [2005-06-26 21:38]

Πολύ όμορφη η πεταλούδα που φωτογράφισες Paulo .
Η εστίαση είναι σωστή, η λεπτομέρεια πολύ καλή, το κάδρο σου πετυχημένο.
Συγχαρητήρια!!! (gr)

Gostei desta borboleta camaleõa. Foto de ótima qualidade: nitidez e brilho fazem-na parecer acetinada.
Bom trabalho.

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