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Friends Or Lovers; Two Malachites (Siproeta stelena) (best viewed large)

By gconant  
Indigenous to Central and South America.
Males perch on shrubs in forest or orchard openings and sometimes patrol for females with a slow, floating flight.
Adults roost together under the leaves of low shrubs. Eggs are laid singly on host plant leaves, which caterpillars eat and rest beneath.
Avg. Body Length: 7.1 - 8.4 cm / 2.8 - 3.3”
Avg. Wingspan: 8.5 - 10 cm / 3.3 - 3.9 "
Adults feed on flower nectar, rotting fruit, dead animals, and bat dung.

Since they are of the Brush Footed butterfly family, their two front legs are used for food tasting, while the two sets of rear legs are used for propulsion.


Tags: Butterflies Wildlife and nature Siproeta stelenes Lepidoptery Malachites

Voters: Badgerfred, Daisymaye, cooky and 31 more

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8 May 2021 12:12AM
Excellent double capture Glenn,
Daisymaye Plus
12 23 19 Canada
8 May 2021 12:14AM
Whatever they are they are very lovely.
cooky Plus
17 6 4 United Kingdom
8 May 2021 1:12AM
Very beautiful and excellent title Glenn. Great narrative but oh no...dead animals and bat droppings! 🦇🦇🦇

Gorgeous butterflies, I've never seen the variety. Very well seen and shot.
Best wishes Glenn. Stay well!
8 May 2021 2:09AM
A beautiful photo....and your always wonderful and encyclopedic knowledge of butterflies. Among other things.

Glenn you certainly give an abundance of wonderful colourful butterfly's - superb image again

8 May 2021 7:27AM
A double delight, a beautiful capture, Glenn.SmileSmile
johnsd Plus
14 4 2 Scotland
8 May 2021 8:12AM
A lovely capture Glenn.
8 May 2021 8:54AM
Great shot of these two very stunning butterflies. Love the title to accompany it.
KingArthur 14 8 Malta
8 May 2021 10:01AM
Great detailed capture Glenn

Joe Smile
Splendid & beautiful Glenn
viscostatic 14 50 11 United Kingdom
8 May 2021 11:00AM
Beautiful butterflies and image Glenn.

8 May 2021 11:22AM
A superb double take, Glenn - such beautiful butterflies.

Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
8 May 2021 12:43PM
Wonderful !! So nice to see two !!
Isabel GrinGrinGrin
8 May 2021 2:18PM
Excellent capture
It's hard to say Glenn. I'd have to listen in to what they are saying.
manicam 17 44 1 Canada
8 May 2021 3:05PM
Such graceful butterfly !! Gorgeous bokeh as well Glenn.

dales Plus
5 11 Australia
8 May 2021 4:06PM
Stunning double capture Glenn , interesting diet !
Mollycat Plus
7 21 2 United Kingdom
8 May 2021 5:00PM
Pair of absolute beauties Glenn.
peterkin 17 679 England
8 May 2021 7:46PM
A nice capture of these two beautiful creatures, Glenn.

sparrowhawk Plus
12 282 2 United Kingdom
9 May 2021 2:14PM
They are colourful. Obviously meant to be among the flowers. That quite a diet!

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