The Malachite [Siproeta stelenes] is a neotropical brush-footed butterfly, family Nymphalidae. The malachite has large wings that are black and brilliant green or yellow-green on the upper sides and light brown and olive green on the undersides. It is named for the mineral malachite, which is similar in color to the bright green on the butterfly’s wings. The wingspan is typically between 8.5 and 10 cm [3.3 and 3.9 in]. The malachite is found throughout Central America and northern South America, where it is one of the most common butterfly species.
Photo: Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center, Callaway Gardens, GA.