Siproeta stelenes
The Malachite (Siproeta stelenes) occurs in south Texas and south Florida. It is a large, spectacular tropical butterfly which always attracts attention. The first 4 shots on this page were taken in Starr Co., Texas, in November, 2003, with a Canon EOS 10D and EF 70-200mm F/2.8 L IS lens and 2X extender.
The Malachite in the next 3 shots was near Pearsall, Frio Co., Texas, in November, 2007. These shots were taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mark III and EF 300mm F/4 L IS lens and 2X extender.
In late September, 2008, Malachites were extremely common in parts of south Texas. On one of the roads through Santa Ana N.W.R., in Hidalgo Co., Texas, several of us found groups of Malachites gathering on mammal scat on the roadway. Several of these shots made interesting patterns of greens and browns.