Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera (moths and butterflies)
Family: Nymphalidae (Brush-footed Butterflies)

Genus/species: Siproeta stelenes

Malachite (wing top)Siproeta stelenes

GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS: Upperside dark black-brown with translucent yellow to lime–green patches. Underside orange-brown with greenish patches.

Wing Span: 8.3 – 10.1 cm (3.3 – 3.9 in)

Wing bottom or ventral surface

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DISTRIBUTION/HABITAT: Common resident throughout Central and northern South America. In U.S., found in southern Texas and south Florida. Found in subtropical evergreen and semi-deciduous forests as well as fruit orchards in Florida.

DIET IN THE WILD: Caterpillars: host plants of the family Acanthaceae. Adults: rotting fruit; occasionally bird droppings and nectar.

REPRODUCTION: Eggs laid singly on host plant leaves. In warmest climates, up to four broods per year.

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REMARKS: Named for the mineral malachite, reminiscent of the bright green of the wings. Adults roost together under the leaves of low shrubs. Green and black coloration provides excellent camouflage.



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