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Malachite – Siproeta stelenes

Siproeta stelenes, commonly known as the Malachite, is a neotropical brush-footed butterfly (family Nymphalidae). The malachite has large wings that are black and brilliant green or yellow-green on the uppersides and light brown and olive green on the undersides. It is named for the mineral malachite, which is similar in color to the bright green on the butterfly’s wings. The wingspread is typically between 8.5 and 10 cm (3.3 and 3.9 in). The malachite is found throughout Central and northern South America, where it is one of the most common butterfly species. Its distribution extends as far north as southern Texas and the tip of Florida, to Cuba, as subspecies S. s. insularis (Holland, 1916), and south to Brazil.

Adults feed on flower nectar, rotting fruit, dead animals, and bat dung. Females lay eggs on the new leaves of plants in the Acanthaceae family, especially ruellia. The larvae are horned, spiny black caterpillars with red markings.
Source: Wikipedia

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My greatest passion in photography is to capture the wonderful Butterfly. I hope you will enjoy my photos of Butterflies as much I do to watch them and to catch their beauty with my photographs. My camera is a Canon EOS 350D with a Canon Close-Up lens 250D. Thank you so much for your visit, the kind comments, the great support and the Love for Butterflies!
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  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 4 years ago

  • lcretyi
    lcretyiover 4 years ago

    Simply Gorgeous what fabulous vivid colors…laura

  • Robert Taylor
    Robert Taylorover 4 years ago

    A beautiful shot…..

  • Sandy Keeton
    Sandy Keetonover 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture, great detail:)

  • Lepidoptera
    Lepidopteraover 4 years ago

    Thank you All so much for the kind comments and great support!

  • Lois  Bryan
    Lois Bryanover 4 years ago

    what a beauty this image is!!!!!! WOW!!!! Beautiful, beautiful image!!!!!

  • Karen  Moore
    Karen Mooreover 4 years ago

  • Janice McCafferty
    Janice McCaffertyover 4 years ago

    The lighting and the composition are perfect1 What a great butterfly.

  • queenofcups
    queenofcupsover 4 years ago

    Congratulations you have taken FIRST place in our New Avatar challenge in The Wonder of Wings!!

  • Jacqui, thank you so much for the great news! Its a great honor being the avatar of the group!
    Thanks to all for the votes and great support!

    – Lepidoptera

  • Johan  Nijenhuis
    Johan Nijenhuisover 4 years ago


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