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Owl butterflies


Owl butterflies
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Copyright: Vera Messias Marques (VeraMMarques) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 18 W: 0 N: 45] (461)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-20
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/20 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): South American Butterflies 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-05-31 12:18
Viewed: 6999
Points: 2
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [Portuguese]
Owl butterflies, of which there are around 20 different species, are members of the genus Caligo, in the brush-footed butterfly family Nymphalidae. They are found in the rainforests and secondary forests of Mexico, Central and South America.
The common name is derived from the presence of large "eyespots" (ocelli) on the underside of the hindwings. To a human observer of dead butterflies pinned up in a collection, owl butterflies' underwings resemble the head of an owl when the butterfly is held head down. It was speculated that the ocelli are "false eyes" to scare smaller birds that attempt to prey on the butterfly.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Owl_butterfly

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  • taba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 466 W: 124 N: 312] (1847)
  • [2008-06-01 16:39]

Oi Vera

fazia tempo que andava por aqui e gostei de ver uma foto sua...
aliás ótima...perfeita nitdez com finissimos detalhes nas asas.
lindas cores e é sempre dificil captura-las no chão, sã muito inquietas. :( , vc fez uma ótima captura!

parabéns..

Taba

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