Malachite (Siproeta stelenes)


 
Malachite on flower buds Family: Nymphalidae (brush-footed butterflies).
 
Geographic Distribution: North, Central and South America. Southern Florida and southern Texas, Mexico, Central America and Brazil.
 
Wingspan: 81-99 mm.
 
Larval host plants: Cafetin (Blechum brownei) and Ruellia (Ruellia spp.)
 
Habitats: Weedy areas near forests or trees.
 
Identification: This butterfly is unusual for the green color on the underside of its wings.
 
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