owl butterfly wings look like the face of an owl
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Owl butterfly wing

It is easy to see why this is called an Owl Butterfly. These butterflies have wings that look like the face of an owl, and when spread, look like a pair of eyes looking straight at you. This is a defense mechanism to mimic the eyes of a predator. These tropical butterflies can be found in secondary forests and rainforests from Mexico down to the Amazon in South America. This one was spotted at the Wings of Fancy event at Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, Maryland.

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