Siproeta stelenes insularis
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|I apologize if the quality of the photo is not great, but it is the best I have been able to chase of this wonderful butterfly after 3 days in the forest among the mosquitoes, one of the most beautiful species I've ever seen.|
FIRST TIME ON TN
Species:S. stelenes insularis
Siproeta stelenes (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 upperside and light brown and olive green on the underside. It is named for the mineral malachite, which is similar in color to the bright green on the butterfly's wings. 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. Its distribution extends as far north as southern Texas and the tip of Florida, to Cuba and Hispaniola as subspecies S. s. insularis (Holland, 1916), and S. s. biplagiata, and south to Brazil.
Adults feed on flower nectar, rotting fruit, dead animals, and bat dung. Females lay eggs on the new leaves of plants in the family Acanthaceae, especially ruellia. The larvae are horned, spiny, black caterpillars with red markings.
Malachites often are confused with Philaethria dido. They have similar coloration, but their wing shapes are different.
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Ciao Luciano, proprio una gran meraviglia, come macro sai far di meglio, ma hai fatto bene a non privarci di questa fantastica bellezza, bravissimo, ciao Silvio
very nice green butterfly with nice details
thanks gr lou
- [2017-05-17 3:46]
I am still looking for my first green colored butterfly in the wild, until then I will just enjoy viewing yours. What beautiful colors and intricate markings on this particular specimen. Congratulations on a new species for TN.
Great and wonderful camouflage of this butterfly with its environment.
fine POV, DOF, excellent focus, sharpness, and details, TFS
Again.......Congratulation for this new species! I appreciate your dedication to find such beautiful butterfly.
Well focus on its facial portion but wing edges looks bit soft. POV and details are not such attractive to me, although I admit that you had to face so many obstacle to find this beautiful butterfly.
Thanks for sharing a new species with us,