Banded Owl, Caligo atreus

Like all Caligo, it is crepuscular (active at dawn and dusk), preferring to sleep/hide during daylight hours by relying on camouflage. The word Caligo means “darkness,” likely referring to this butterflies preference for activity at the darker times of the day. The Banded Owl is so-named because of it’s creamy yellow band across the wings seen from the outside. On the inside, its wings are bright orange and purple!

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