Hackberry Emperor

Asterocampa celtis

Appearance: Generally a pale butterfly in flight. Upperside forewing with a postmedian row of white spots and a single (sometimes two) submarginal black spot. Hindwing has a postmedian row of black spots. Below, the hindwing has a row of blue centered yellow eyespots.

Size: Medium; 1 1/2 to 2 1/4 inches

Habitat: Perches on leaves or tree trunk, usually well above ground, in Hackberry trees in foothills canyons, wooded riparian bottoms and parks and gardens

Season: Spring to fall; 2-3 broods

Larval Foodplant: Hackberry family

Did You Know…
This family (Emperors) seldom visit flowers, but will seek out humans for the salt in our perspiration.

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