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giant owl, pale owl (Caligo memnon) latin dict size=17   common dict size=512
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giant owl, pale owl (Caligo memnon)

English: Caligo memnon - dorsal view.
Date 17 April 2011
Author Greg Hume

Caligo memnon, the giant owl or pale owl, is a butterfly of the Nymphalidae family. The species can be found in the rainforests and secondary forests of Mexico down to the Amazon rainforest. The wingspan is usually from 115 to 130 mm, but can reach 150 mm. Considered a subspecies of Caligo telamonius (C. & R. Felder, 1862). Order: Lepidoptera, Family: Nymphalidae, Genus: Caligo, Species: Caligo memnon (C. & R. Felder, [1867]).
Pavonia telamonius C. & R. Felder, 1862
Caligo telamonius
Caligo telamonius memnon

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Caligo memnon - giant owl or pale owl
This large owl butterfly ranges from Mexico to Columbia from sea level to 1400 meters elevation. It is distinguished from similar species by its size (13cm wingspan) and blue-gray dorsal wings with cream-colored patch on forewing. Its ventral wing surface is brown and tan with many lines and two large eye spots. Eggs are laid in small clusters and caterpillars feed on the underside of large-leaved monocots in the Order Zingiberales, including the non-native banana (Musa acuminata: Musaceae). C. memnon is crepuscular, resting for most of the day, though adults are sometimes seen feeding during the day on their diet of rotting fruit and sap flows. Large eye spots on wings may resemble predator eyes, but the main anti-predatory behavior is likely crypsis with eye spots acting as targets for predators, allowing the butterfly time to escape.
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