Malachite Butterfly (Siproeta stelenes)

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Malachite (Siproeta stelenes)

The striking Malachite uses its incredible coloring, large size, and confident elegant flight to win over the hearts of any butterfly lover. Beginning as horned, prickly black caterpillars with red markings, the Malachite turns into a lime green chrysalis spotted with pink and eventually evolves into a stunning adult butterfly. The top side of the Malachite wing is a lively green, emphasized with black stripes, ovals, and rectangles in regular patterns. The underside of the wing experiences the same black stripes and rectangles, but highlighted with orange. These butterflies are wonderful strong fliers. The green of their wings gleams and shines when it catches the sun. You will enjoy every moment spent watching the Malachite butterfly.

Family: Brush-footed Butterfly (Nymphalidae)

Subfamily: True Brushfoot (Nymphalinae)

Average Wingspan: 3 1/4" - 4"

Habitat: Topical hammocks

Plants That Attract This Butterfly

* May not be available for purchase at your local nursery.

Note: Always check a plant's Hardiness Zone to make sure it will grow in your area. (What Is My Hardiness Zone?)

Where To Buy Plants

Butterfly Flight Range Map

Malachite Flight Range Map

Photo Credits:
Closed wing - Fred Miller

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