Malachite at the Artis Royal Zoo (also known as Natura Artis Magistra), Amsterdam (Holland)
The Malachite is a neotropical brush-footed butterfly (family Nymphalidae). The Malachite has large wings that are black and brilliant green or yellow-green on the upperside and light brown and olive green on the underside. It is named for the mineral malachite, which is similar in colour to the bright green on the butterfly's wings. The Malachite is found throughout Central and northern South America, where it is one of the most common butterfly species. Its distribution extends as far north as southern Texas and the tip of Florida, to Cuba and south to Brazil.
The Butterfly Pavilion is the largest of its kind in the Netherlands, covering a thousand square meters and housing thousands of butterflies.
Twice a day, butterflies that have just crawled out of their cocoons are released into the pavilion.