Attributes of Asterocampa celtis

Hackberry Emperor
Asterocampa celtis (Boisduval & Leconte, [1835])

Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: Apaturinae
Identification: Extremely variable geographically. Upperside is reddish brown. Forewing has 1 submarginal eyespot, a jagged row of white spots, and the cell has 1 solid black bar and 2 separate black spots.
Wing Span: 1 3/8 - 2 1/2 inches (3.5 - 6.3 cm).
Life History: Hackberry Butterflies fly in a fast and erratic manner, and rest upside down on tree trunks. Males perch on tall objects in sunny areas to watch for females. Eggs are laid in clusters, and the young caterpillars feed communally. Caterpillars overwinter in groups gathered inside dead rolled leaves.
Flight: Two broods from May-October.
Caterpillar Hosts: Various hackberries (Celtis species) and sugarberry (Celtis laevigata).
Adult Food: Sap, rotting fruit, dung, carrion. Will take moisture at wet spots along roads and streams.
Habitat: Along wooded streams, forest glades and river edges, wooded roadsides, towns.
Range: Resident in most of the eastern United States, central Plains states, and the southwest mountains; northern Mexico.
Conservation: Not usually of conservation concern.
NCGR: G5 - Demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.
Management Needs: None reported.
Taxonomy Notes:

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Observation Date Submitter Region Verified Datesort icon
July 26, 2014 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States July 27, 2014 Details
July 25, 2014 Mapper Johnson County, Illinois, United States July 26, 2014 Details
August 04, 2006 roseanna Pulaski County, Kentucky, United States July 14, 2014 Details
August 20, 2013 Jack Senzig Juneau County, Wisconsin, United States July 12, 2014 Details
July 09, 2014 CaseyJ Fannin County, Texas, United States July 12, 2014 Details
July 05, 2014 Latenight Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, United States July 10, 2014 Details
June 28, 2014 buddingnaturalist Olmsted County, Minnesota, United States July 09, 2014 Details
July 08, 2014 jwilkinson Carroll County, Maryland, United States July 09, 2014 Details
June 19, 2014 Jake a Bob Tioga County, New York, United States July 09, 2014 Details
August 05, 2010 julmast Elkhart County, Indiana, United States July 05, 2014 Details
July 02, 2014 milaniet Franklin County, Arkansas, United States July 02, 2014 Details
June 07, 2014 JReuter Boone County, Missouri, United States June 21, 2014 Details
June 11, 2014 cnedwards Leavenworth County, Kansas, United States June 20, 2014 Details
June 13, 2014 twcrowe Baltimore County, Maryland, United States June 18, 2014 Details
June 16, 2014 ReginaS Washington County, Pennsylvania, United States June 18, 2014 Details
June 15, 2014 Lois Stacey Snyder County, Pennsylvania, United States June 18, 2014 Details
June 14, 2014 whllh Leavenworth County, Kansas, United States June 16, 2014 Details
June 13, 2014 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States June 13, 2014 Details
June 07, 2014 CA Ivy Adair County, Oklahoma, United States June 09, 2014 Details
May 24, 2014 arcturusangel Texas, United States, Wood County June 09, 2014 Details
June 03, 2014 AJ Trently Lauderdale County, Tennessee, United States June 03, 2014 Details
May 23, 2014 CA Ivy Cherokee County, Oklahoma, United States June 02, 2014 Details
May 30, 2014 hiker96 Leavenworth County, Kansas, United States May 31, 2014 Details
May 18, 2014 gunhilda Payne County, Oklahoma, United States May 22, 2014 Details
July 24, 2013 buddingnaturalist Olmsted County, Minnesota, United States May 19, 2014 Details
May 02, 2014 inthelikeness Comanche County, Texas, United States May 02, 2014 Details
July 31, 2012 JoZamudio Texas, Travis County, United States March 02, 2014 Details
September 09, 2013 patricia silvernail Jackson County, Georgia, United States February 13, 2014 Details
August 01, 2013 stevengwelsh St Louis County, Missouri, United States February 12, 2014 Details
August 04, 2013 stormyeyes99 Hunterdon County, New Jersey, United States February 11, 2014 Details
August 22, 2013 Sue Gregoire Schuyler County, New York, United States January 19, 2014 Details
July 22, 1971 stomlins701 Bexar County, Texas, United States December 28, 2013 Details
September 15, 2013 CA Ivy Adair County, Oklahoma, United States December 22, 2013 Details
September 29, 2013 Sparks7 Burnet County, Texas, United States November 29, 2013 Details
September 07, 2013 dandtkienzle Tunica County, Mississippi, United States October 29, 2013 Details
July 26, 2013 John LeBlanc Warren County, North Carolina, United States October 18, 2013 Details
September 04, 2013 scvirginia Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, United States October 18, 2013 Details
October 04, 2013 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States October 05, 2013 Details
August 15, 2013 deskeran Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States September 24, 2013 Details
September 15, 2013 Doug Bruce Greene County, Tennessee, United States September 23, 2013 Details
September 21, 2013 TeddyKuma Texas, Lampasas County, United States September 22, 2013 Details
September 03, 2013 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States September 20, 2013 Details
September 11, 2013 Redheart Canyonlands Bandera County, Texas, United States September 20, 2013 Details
September 04, 2005 giardini57 Elbert County, Georgia, United States September 17, 2013 Details
September 15, 2013 Nancee Cobb Calhoun County, Florida, United States September 15, 2013 Details
September 14, 2013 Mapper Johnson County, Illinois, United States September 14, 2013 Details
September 09, 2013 Mapper Johnson County, Illinois, United States September 13, 2013 Details
September 02, 2013 Doug Bruce Morgan County, Tennessee, United States September 13, 2013 Details
September 07, 2013 Nancee Cobb Calhoun County, Florida, United States September 10, 2013 Details
August 04, 2013 Doug Bruce Clay County, Tennessee, United States September 10, 2013 Details