The Silver Butterfly (Salamis anacardii duprei) is a medium-sized insect in the Nymphalidae family of white butterflies. It is also known as the Clouded Mother-of-Pearl Butterfly.
The Silver Butterfly has a silvery iridescent sheen with brown edgings and dots on its forewings and hindwings. Its body is brown and it has long antennae.
Its wingspan measures about 5-7 centimetres (2-3 inches).
The Silver Butterfly is native to Madagascar. It prefers tropical regions.
The female lays eggs on the underside of plant leaves, which hatch into caterpillars (the larvae stage). The caterpillars feed on leaves and after about 14 days, the caterpillars pupate. The pupa is like a cocoon, but it is called a chrysalis. The adult butterfly emerges from the chrysalis. This process is called metamorphosis (transformation or change).
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM