Caligo euphorbus (C. Felder & R. Felder, 1862)

Common Name:
Euphorbus Giant Owl
Synonyms:

Pavonia euphorbus C. Felder & R. Felder, 1862

Description Female:

Butterflies of large wingspan, sometimes over 15 cm.

Natural History:

The species is common in the understory of undisturbed forests. The butterflies are active during the day or twilight. They fly low and settle on trunks with their wings positioned vertically, exposing so the large "eyes" on the hindwings.  

Distribution:
Brazil: Amazonas; Peru
Feeding Adult:

On (rotting) fruits

Feeding Caterpillars:

On Heliconiaceae and Musaceae

Color:
brown, blue
caligo euphorbus male dorsal

Male, from dorsal

Specimen deposited in the Collection of Invertebrates INPA, Amazonas

Caligo euphorbus male ventral

Male, from ventral

Specimen deposited in the Collection of Invertebrates INPA, Amazonas

caligo euphorbus famale dorsal

Female, from dorsal

Specimen deposited in the Collection of Invertebrates INPA, Amazonas

caligo euphorbus female ventral

Female, from ventral

Specimen deposited in the Collection of Invertebrates INPA, Amazonas