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Owl butterflies

Owl butterflies 

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Found these in a tropical butterfly house at Skegness Seal Sanctuary.

Description from wikipedia.

Butterflies in the genus Caligo are commonly called Owl butterflies, after their huge eyespots, which resemble owls' eyes. There are about 20 species in the genus, found in the rainforests and secondary forests of Mexico, Central and South America.

The role of eyespots as antipredator mechanisms has been discussed since the 19th Century. Several hypotheses are suggested to explain their occurrence. In some butterflies, particularly Satyrinae (such as the Gatekeeper Butterfly and the Grayling), it has been shown that ocelli serve as a decoy, diverting bird attack away from the vulnerable body, and towards the outer part of the hindwings or the forewing tip.

Research of Stevens et al. (2008), however, suggests that eye-spots are not a form of mimicry and do not deter predators because they look like eyes. Rather the conspicuous contrast in the patterns on the wings deter predators. In this study, however, the influence of surrounding forms, like the head region of a predator, was not tested. Also the question why animals evolved such complex imitations of other species is left.

Owl butterflies are very large, 65-200 mm, and fly only a few metres at a time, so avian predators have little difficulty in following them to their settling place. However, the butterflies preferentially fly in dusk, when few avian predators are around. The Latin name may possibly refer to their active periods. Caligo means darkness.

Some owl butterflies form leks in mating behaviour.

Martine, Marie-claire Gallet, Lorenzo Kjell Salmonson, @ngélique ♥ and 13 other people have particularly liked this photo


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╰☆☆June☆☆╮
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3 years ago.
ctofcsco
ctofcsco
What a wonderful image! Thanks for sharing!
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3 years ago.
Василий Касимовский
Василий Касимовский
Ouvrir un restaurant pour les insectes?
3 years ago.
Anne-Marie(Minus)
Anne-Marie(Minus)
belle réunion de famille ...
3 years ago.
yokopakumayoko Francesco
yokopakumayoko Franc…
Excellent shot!

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3 years ago.
Larry Drummond
Larry Drummond
New species to me - wonderful sharp study.
3 years ago.
Larry Drummond
Larry Drummond
Spotted again in Silver Surfers group!
3 years ago.
William Sutherland
William Sutherland
Outstanding shot!

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3 years ago.
Trudy Tuinstra
Trudy Tuinstra
very nice
3 years ago.
Horizon 36
Horizon 36
Amazing shot...well done June.
3 years ago.
Don Sutherland
Don Sutherland
Fantastic shot.
3 years ago.
yokopakumayoko Francesco
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Excellent shot!

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3 years ago.
yokopakumayoko Francesco
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3 years ago.
Stanley Sutton
Stanley Sutton
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3 years ago.
Stanley Sutton
Stanley Sutton
Seen in **The Little Pond**
3 years ago.
Eunice Perkins
Eunice Perkins
What a fantastic find and capture!
3 years ago.
Valeriane ♫ ♫ ♫¨*
Valeriane ♫ ♫ ♫¨*
lovely butterfly**************
3 years ago.
Christiane ♥.•*¨`*•✿
Christiane ♥.•*¨`*•✿
Wonderful capture !
3 years ago.
ctofcsco
ctofcsco
Nicely seen and captured!
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3 years ago.
vero
vero
quelle beauté, une pure merveille , une prise sublime, de gros bisous Véro
3 years ago.
Lucette
Lucette
Sublime !!
3 years ago.
Stanley Sutton
Stanley Sutton
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3 years ago.
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gorgeous scene, very well captured !


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3 years ago.
Sinephot
Sinephot
Jolies captures ************
3 years ago.
Tess Mc Kenna
Tess Mc Kenna
Beautifully captured butterflys Great details. Well done June Regards Tess
3 years ago.
Marie-claire Gallet
Marie-claire Gallet
I think I will put some lemon slices on my balcony, June !! If butterflies are keen on them, I would be so pleased to make such a marvelous picture like this one !!
5 months ago.
Martine
Martine
Un beau regroupement.
5 months ago.
Larry Drummond
Larry Drummond
Admired again in Old Pros group!
5 months ago.