Hackberry Emperor – Asterocampa celtis

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These little cuties have about a 2 inch wing span and like to hang out near wooded streams, river banks and wooded roadsides. They are on wing from May through October.

Hackberry Butterflies tend to fly in a fast and erratic manner and rest upside down on tree trunks. Males like to perch on tall objects in sunny areas to watch for the females below.

Eggs are laid in clusters and the young caterpillars feed communally on various hackberries (Celtis species) and sugarberry (Celtis laevigata). Caterpillars overwinter in groups gathered inside dead rolled leaves.

Adults love to dine on sap, rotting fruit, excrement, carrion. They enjoy small puddles along roadways and paths.

 

© Ilex – Midwestern Plant Girl

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