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Malachite Butterfly

Siproeta stelenes biplagiata


This gorgeous butterfly of the Family Nymphalidae, was hanging on the underside of a rocky outcrop at the very bottom of the Sima de Cotorras, 140 meters below the rim.


Tropical Forest (Dry Season) bottom of the "Sima de Las Cotorras", near Ocozocuautla, Chiapas, Mexico.


This is what it looks like from the top: This butterfly mimics a Heliconiid species (Philaethria dido diatonica). They are so similar that it would be hard to tell which was which in the field, except that the Nymphalid has small "tails" on the hind wing that the Heliconiid lacks. These photos were taken by my son Daniel Zárate. For information on the Sima de las Cotorras in Chiapas, Mexico see:

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mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah 8 years ago

It not only looks awesome, but also has a cool name!

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 8 years ago

And hence green butterflies are very rare!

LaurenZarate 8 years ago

Thank you Adarsha for your help with the identification of this Malachite. They are so stunning, especially when flying.

TKBotting 8 years ago


Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 8 years ago

Nice spotting Lauren!

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Chiapas, Mexico

Spotted on Jan 8, 2012
Submitted on Nov 19, 2012

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