Caligo memnon

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Giant owl
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Dorsal view
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Ventral view
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Caligo
Species: C. memnon
Binomial name
Caligo memnon
(C. & R. Felder, [1867])
  • Pavonia telamonius C. & R. Felder, 1862
  • Caligo telamonius
  • Caligo telamonius memnon

Caligo memnon, the giant owl or pale owl, is a butterfly of the family Nymphalidae. The species can be found in the rainforests and secondary forests of Mexico down to the Amazon rainforest.[1]

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.


Considered a subspecies of Caligo telamonius (C. & R. Felder, 1862).[1]



  1. ^ a b Caligo telamonius at Markku Savela's Lepidoptera and Some Other Life Forms