Catoblepia xanthus (Linnaeus, 1758)

Common Name:
Xanthus Giant Owl
Synonyms:

Papilio xanthus (Linnaeus, 1758)

Natural History:

In the guild frugivorous Catoblebia xanthus is very common species. Males and females of C. xanthus are collected by traps fruit, abundant in all months of the year. Abundance is greatest when the amount of precipitation decreases in central Amazonia. Often occurs in the understory, and rarely occurs in the forest canopy.

Pattern of wings is similar between males and females , but the males is easily distinguished  by androconial structure.

Distribution:
Brazil; Ecuador
Occurence Period:

Abundant in all months of the year

Feeding Adult:

Adults feed on rotten fruits

Feeding Caterpillars:

The caterpillars feed on palm leaves

Color:
brown, orange, yellow
Habitat:
forest
catoblepia xanthus nature
Resting on the trunk
catoblepia xanthus_ectoprasitada

In detail ectoparasites  in the wings

Photo: Daniela Brito Agra

catoblepia xanthus male dorsal

Male, from dorsal

Specimen deposited in the Collection of Invertebrates INPA, Amazonas

catoblepia xanthus ventral

Male, from ventral

Specimen deposited in the Collection of Invertebrates INPA, Amazonas