Forest Giant Owl butterfly

Forest Giant Owl butterfly

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Credit: DR MORLEY READ/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Forest Giant Owl butterfly (Caligo eurilochus, (tribe Brassolini of nymphalid subfamily Morphinae). The eye spots or ocelli serve as a decoy, diverting bird attack away from the vulnerable body, and towards the outer part of the hindwings. Photographed in the Ecuadorian Amazon.

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