Eyespots on the wings of the Owlet moth, Caligo

Eyespots on the wings of the Owlet moth, Caligo

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Credit: CLAUDE NURIDSANY & MARIE PERENNOU/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Moth mimicry. View of the hindwings of the owlet moth Caligo sp. (family: Brassolidae), showing bright yellow and black eyespots. These eyespots mimic the eyes of an owl or other noctural bird of prey. When the moth is disturbed by an enemy, it will suddenly flash the eyespots by opening the wings in an intimidation display. This serves to frighten predators away. Eyespots on the wings of butterflies and moths usually occur on the hindwings and are tucked away from view until needed. Caligo sp. moths prefer to fly at dusk. They are attracted to and feed on fermenting fruit. This species is native to South America.

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Keywords: animal, caligo, defence, eye spot, eyespot, eyespots, insect, insecta, intimidation, invertebrate, invertebrates, mimicry, moth, nature, owlet, owlet moth, type, wildlife, wing, zoology

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