Lilac Mother of Pearl Salamis cacta

Lilac Mother of Pearl Butterfly
Lilac Beauty Butterfly topside
Lilac Mother of Pearl Butterfly closed
The Lilac Mother of Pearl Butterfly, also called Lilac Beauty, is native to tropical sub-Saharan Africa, from the west coast to the east. It has a beautiful, iridescent red-lilac topside and is one of several "leafwing" butterflies that mimic a dead leaf when closed, for camouflage.