The Malachite Butterfly (Siproeta stelenes) is an insect in the Nymphalidae family of brush-footed butterflies.
The Malachite Butterfly has large black and green or black and yellow wings on the upperside with light-brown and olive-green on the underside.
Its wingspan measures 8-10 centimetres (3-4 inches).
The Malachite Butterfly is native to Central America and the northern regions of South America, where it is common and widespread.
The adult butterfly feeds on nectar from fruit, and the caterpillar (the larva) feeds on plant leaves.
The female butterfly lays eggs on plant leaves. The eggs hatch into larvae called caterpillars. The caterpillars feed on leaves and change into a chrysalis, which is a casing called pupae. The pupae metamorphoses and a butterfly emerges.
[Location of photographs: Banteay Srey Butterfly Centre, Siem Reap, Cambodia]
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM