Owl Butterfly

Many butterflies have wings with dazzling patterns and colours. This specimen from The Beaney is a butterfly native to the forests of central and South America. The butterfly gets its name from the distinctive pattern on its wings. The markings are a kind of camouflage, they seem to mimic the eyes of an owl and so they help the butterfly ward off its predators by confusing them.

  • Owl Butterfly

Research Activities


Find out about different types of camouflage in insects!


Print out the image of the Owl Butterfly at home so it’s the same size as your face, cut out the image and use it to make your own mask!

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