Copyright

Owl Butterfly Facts: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Tammie Mihet

Tammie has taught elementary school for 14 yrs. and holds an MA in Instructional Technology

Imagine a butterfly that can fool prey into thinking it is an owl! In this lesson, discover not only how the owl butterfly can mimic the look of an owl, but also other amazing facts about this unique creature.

Copycatters

Some people think these butterflies are pests, but I bet you'd think they're pretty cool. Why? Mostly because of their amazing ability to fool other creatures into thinking they are owls! That's right - these spectacular creatures have spots on their wings that resemble the eyes of owls.

You've decided it is time to set out and find one of these creatures for yourself. However, before you do, you are going to have to discover a few facts about these owl copycatters known as owl butterflies.

An Owl Butterfly with Wings Up
null

Habitat

If you want to see the owl butterfly, you will need to travel into the dense rainforests of Central America, South America, and Mexico. These butterflies like rain, but you won't find them in places with heavy rainfall. You might also find them on banana plantations or farms where they like to lay their eggs.

Body Structure and Life Cycle

Owl butterflies only live for about 130 days. That's a short life! Remember, though, that all butterflies start off as caterpillars. So to better understand them, let's take a look at their life cycle. First, after about twenty days in an egg, these creatures burst forth as large, spiny-looking caterpillars. As caterpillars, they devour plants and really enjoy banana leaves, which is why people on banana farms consider them pests. After about sixty days of living a caterpillar's life they form a chrysalis, and for the next twenty to thirty days undergo a magnificent change. Finally, the caterpillar springs forth as a beautiful owl butterfly and flutters around drinking juice from fruits.

Owl Butterflies Feeding on Fruit Juice
null

During its 20 day life as an owl butterfly, it can grow to almost eight inches, which is rather large in the butterfly world. To give you a perspective, that's about as wide as a sheet of notebook paper! These big butterflies are brownish-gray in color, but what makes owl butterflies so special is what you will find on the underside of their wings: eyespots.

To unlock this lesson you must be a Study.com Member.
Create your account

Register to view this lesson

Are you a student or a teacher?

Unlock Your Education

See for yourself why 30 million people use Study.com

Become a Study.com member and start learning now.
Become a Member  Back
What teachers are saying about Study.com
Try it risk-free for 30 days

Earning College Credit

Did you know… We have over 200 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 1,500 colleges and universities. You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree. Anyone can earn credit-by-exam regardless of age or education level.

To learn more, visit our Earning Credit Page

Transferring credit to the school of your choice

Not sure what college you want to attend yet? Study.com has thousands of articles about every imaginable degree, area of study and career path that can help you find the school that's right for you.

Create an account to start this course today
Try it risk-free for 30 days!
Create An Account
Support