Giant Owl-Butterfly

Michael Patrikeev, recently sent us this photograph, taken at REGUA.

Jorge Bizzaro, REGUA’s Research Co-ordinator and very knowledgeable lepidopterist explains its taxonomy:

Idomeneus Giant Owl-Butterfly (Caligo idomeneus) in Guapiaçu Ecological Reserve, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

“This individual from REGUA is a rarity… because it only flies during sunrise when most lepidopterists are … sleeping! Caligo idomeneus… the main characteristic is the very straight and defined median white band of the forewing present on both sides.”
For more information from Michael’s website see here :http://www.wildnatureimages.org/Insects/Lepidoptera/Butterflies/Nymphalidae/Morphinae/Caligo%20idomeneus.html