Caligo teucer (Linnaeus, 1758)

Common Name:
Teucer Giant Owl

Papilio teucer (Linnaeus, 1758)

Natural History:

Caligo teucer is the most abundant species of the genus in central Amazonia. Occurs throughout the year and has a increase in abundance at the beginning of the season of less rain. Souza et al. 2006 present the morphological description of immature stages of Caligo teucer, from studies maked in northeastern Brazil, with caterpillars feed on bananen leaves and other exotic plants. 

Occurence Period:

Occurs throughout all the year

Feeding Adult:

Feed on rotten fruits

Feeding Caterpillars:

According Souza et al. (2006) the caterpillars feed on leaves:

Musaceae: Musa spp.

Heliconiaceae: Heliconia bihai 

Cannaceae: Canna indica

Zingiberaceae: Alpinia purpurata 

In addition to the above species Beccaloni et al. (2008) adds:

Graminea: Sinarundinaria anceps

Palmae: unidentified species

Beccaloni G.W, Viloria A.L., Hall S.K., Robinson G.S. (2008):
Catalogue of the hostplants of the Neotropical butterflies. Book., London, S.E.A., Ribes, CYTED, Natural History Museum, IVIC: 1-536
Souza N.A., Veiga A.F.S.L., Casagrande M.M., Gondim Jr M.G.C. (2006):
Morfologia externa dos imaturos de Caligo teucer (Linnaeus) (Lepidoptera, Nymphalidae). Revista Brasileira de Zoologia. 23(4): 1243-1250
caligo teucer dorsal

From dorsal

Specimen deposited in the Collection of Invertebrates INPA, Manaus, Amazonas

caligo teucer ventral

From ventral

Specimen deposited in the Collection of Invertebrates INPA, Manaus, Amazonas