Malachite Butterfly Siproeta stelenes

One of the more tropical species in the United States, the Malachite is a beautiful green butterfly.

Malachite Butterfly Siproeta stelenes

Malachite Butterfly
Siproeta stelenes

Young Malachite Caterpillar<br>Siproeta stelenes

Young Malachite Caterpillar Siproeta stelenes

Young Malachite Caterpillar Siproeta stelenes

Young Malachite Caterpillar
Siproeta stelenes

Malachite Caterpillar Siproeta stelenes

Malachite Caterpillar
Siproeta stelenes

Malachite Butterfly Chrysalis Siproeta stelenes

Malachite Butterfly Chrysalis
Siproeta stelenes

Malachite Butterfly Adult Siproeta stelenes

Malachite Butterfly Adult
Siproeta stelenes

It is found in the most extreme southern part of the most southern states of the country.

Its host plants are Green Shrimp Blechum pyramidatum and it is said to also use Yerba Maravilla Ruellia coccinea as a host.

We do not advise planting Green Shrimp in your yard or garden. It is one of the most aggressive plants we know. It can fling seed over 6′ from where it is growing. In two or three years, a 4″ potted plant can cover over 100 square feet.

Adult Malachite butterflies drink flower nectar and from rotting fruit.

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