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Caligo memnon (Giant owl butterfly)

Synonyms: Pavonia dardanus

Wikipedia Abstract

The Giant Owl (Caligo memnon) is a butterfly of the Nymphalidae family. It is also known as the Pale Owl butterfly. The species can be found in the rainforests and secondary forests of Mexico down to the Amazon rainforest. The wingspan is usually from 115 to 130 mm, but can reach 150 mm. The larvae feed on Musa and Heliconia species and can be a pest for banana cultivation. Adults feed on juices of rotting fruit.
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Prey / Diet

Musa acuminata (edible banana)[1]
Musa paradisiaca (Banana)[1]

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Bristol Zoo Gardens
Dierenpark Emmen
Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo
Tropical Butterfly House
Wroclaw Zoo, LLC
Zoological Society of London



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1HOSTS - a Database of the World's Lepidopteran Hostplants Gaden S. Robinson, Phillip R. Ackery, Ian J. Kitching, George W. Beccaloni AND Luis M. Hernández
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