Hackberry Emperor Butterfly   3 comments

Hackberry Emperor-72Hackberry Emperor Butterfly — Image by kenne

Asterocampa celtis, the hackberry emperor, is a North American butterfly that belongs to the brushfooted butterfly family, Nymphalidae. It gets its name from the hackberry tree (Celtis occidentalis and others in the genus Celtis) upon which it lays its eggs. The hackberry tree is the only host plant for A. celtis and is the food source for larvae.

The hackberry emperor is known for being a quick, mercurial butterfly. It often is found along water sources and lowlands, although it lives in a broad range of habitats. Another notable characteristic is that it rarely is spotted visiting a flower, which is considered unusual for a butterfly. — Wikipedia

3 responses to “Hackberry Emperor Butterfly

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  1. It really deserves that frame because it is not a good photo. It is a work of art. As if you had painted each of its shapes to highlight its depth. Your magic eye knew how to capture its beauty.
    Manuel

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