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Tawny Owl Butterfly #2

Tessa Fairey

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Jackson, MI - United States

Beautiful work!! f/l

Tessa Fairey replied:

Thank you very much Lee!

Paisley, Re - United Kingdom

Lovely textured image Tessa! fv

Tessa Fairey replied:

Thank you very much Margaret!

Houston, TX - United States

ShitlaProsad thank you so much for the feature in Butter fly! Much appreciated!

Lebanon, OR - United States

You sure are a gifted artist dear Tessa.. just wanted you to know this.. ;-))) Love this butterfly image.. it's simply wonderful! :-) fv

Tessa Fairey replied:

Thank you so much for your kind comment f/v Nick! greatly appreciated!

Castrop-Rauxel, NR - Germany

A very pretty image Tessa, wonderful soft colors and texture (F/L)

Tessa Fairey replied:

Thank you very much Chris!

Portrush - United Kingdom

Awesome work Tessa! v/f!

Tessa Fairey replied:

Thank you very much Roy!

North Windham, CT - United States

Fantastic shot, textures and work, Tessa!! F/V

Tessa Fairey replied:

Thank you so much Carol!

Spring Glen, NY - United States

Gorgeous find and capture! f/l

Tessa Fairey replied:

Thank you so much for your comment f/l Pamela! Much appreciated!

Iola, WI - United States

Tessa, this is one awesome presentation and capture of this "flutterbye" and its surrounding elements are just divine! Love the beauty you show in the floral and insect world. You are amazing! LIKED and FAVED

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Thank you so much for your generous comment like and fave Randy! Greatly appreciated

Regina, SK - Canada

Fantastic capture, Tessa and excellent texture work! l/f

Tessa Fairey replied:

Thank you so much for your comment l/f Dorothy! Much appreciated!

Selah, WA - United States

Cool capture

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Thank you Jeff

Singapore, SG - Singapore

Wow Just look at the artwork Nature has given us. Beautifully captured, Tessa!! f/v

Tessa Fairey replied:

Thank you so much Belinda!

Reno, NV - United States

Love this one Tessa, perfect texture too!...fav/tweet/vote/g+

Tessa Fairey replied:

Thank you so much for your gracious comment and promotions Donna! Greatly appreciated

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Taken at Cockrell Butterfly center Houston Tx
An owl butterfly is a butterfly, in the genus Caligo, known for their huge eyespots, which resemble owls' eyes. They are found in the rainforests and secondary forests of Mexico, Central, and South America.
Owl butterflies are very large, 65￿200 mm (2.6￿7.9 in), and fly only a few metres at a time, so avian predators have little difficulty in following them to their settling place.
The underwing pattern is highly cryptic. It is conceivable that the eye pattern is a generalized form of mimicry. It is known that many small animals hesitate to go near patterns resembling eyes with a light-colored iris and a large pupil, which matches the appearance of the eyes of many predators that hunt by sight. The main predators of Caligo are apparently small lizards such as Anoli
Research of Stevens et al. (2008), however, suggests that eye-spots are not a form of mimicry and do not deter predators because they look like eyes. Rather the conspicuous contrast in the patterns on the wings deter predators. In this study, however, the influence of surrounding forms, like the head region of a predator, was not tested. Also the question why animals evolved such complex imitations of other species is left unanswered
There are some 20 species in this genus

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