MALACHITE BUTTERFLY (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. Typically, the wingspread is between 8.5 and 10 cm (3.3 and 3.9 in).

The malachite is found throughout Central and northern South America, where it is one of the most common butterfly species.

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