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Siproeta stelenes


Is the same type of butterfly I saw in Chichen Itza. 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). 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. Malachites are often confused with Philaethria dido. They have similar coloration, but their wing shapes are different.


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, and south to Brazil.

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Ashish 9 years ago
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The MnMs
The MnMs 9 years ago

Many thanks, Ashish! I think is the malachite.
Can you check on this other spotting and see if you recognize what it is?
(the pics are not always so good.. some times I had to be at a long distance otherwise the animal flew away, but I think is possible to make out the main features)

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 9 years ago

Kallimini Tribe is changed as Victorinini but following useful web site still use old ID.

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 9 years ago

Kallimini Tribe

The MnMs
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Yucatán, Mexico

Spotted on Sep 12, 2011
Submitted on Sep 23, 2011

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