Owl Eye Butterfly

Butterfly or Moth?
Hello! I was given the opportunity to buy this beautiful creature from an estate sale. I was wondering if it is a butterfly or a moth and if you know what it is called. I have searched high and low for a butterfly or moth that looks like this and I have not yet seen one. I adore your site because I know I can always find what I am looking for…and more!
Jennifer Guy
San Pedro, CA

Hi Jennifer,
This is an Owl Eye Butterfly, a member of the genus Caligo. These spectacular butterflies live in the tropical Americas and have large eye spots that mimic owls. Any predator will be frightened away after sensing it is about to be devoured by an even bigger predator.

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