Owl Butterfly Opsiphanes spp.

Owl Butterfly Opsiphanes spp. Photo, Picture
  • Common Name: Owl Butterfly
  • Order Name: Lepidoptera
  • Family Name: Brassolidae

The butterfly members of this Order of insects include the popular and usually colorful species. Butterfly groups include monarchs, satyrs, dagerwings, leaf-wings, owls, buckeyes, admirals, checkerspots, fritillaries, heliconids, riodinids, blues, hairstreaks, coppers, whites, orange-tips, sulphurs and swallowtails.

Belonging to the same family of butterflies as the famous Owl Butterflies, this Opiphanes genus contains about ten different species which can be challenging to differentiate. This group is characteristically crepuscular, being most active during the dawn and dusk hours and patrolling the dark forest interior so their cryptic coloration optimally blends with the dark shadow. They can be attracted to fermenting fruit bait during daylight hours, although this one took an liking to a mammal carcass sitting in bright sunlight.