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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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
August 04, 2013 Doug Bruce Macon County, Tennessee, United States September 10, 2013 Details
September 07, 2013 sdbarker7277 Bledsoe County, Tennessee, United States September 10, 2013 Details
September 10, 2013 CA Ivy Tulsa County, Oklahoma, United States September 10, 2013 Details
June 30, 2013 a-o Fauquier County, Virginia, United States September 09, 2013 Details
September 09, 2013 Juliecandoo St Clair County, Illinois, United States September 09, 2013 Details
August 24, 2013 WendyJG Winnebago County, Illinois, United States September 03, 2013 Details
August 12, 2013 hugdyke99 Marion County, Indiana, United States September 03, 2013 Details
August 15, 2013 mimidharp@yahoo.com Carroll County, Maryland, United States September 02, 2013 Details
August 28, 2013 chauswald Clark County, Indiana, United States August 30, 2013 Details
August 26, 2013 Jeff Brown Montgomery County, Ohio, United States August 27, 2013 Details
August 24, 2013 David Trently Pike County, Pennsylvania, United States August 26, 2013 Details
August 26, 2013 klavierabend Orange County, New York, United States August 26, 2013 Details
August 25, 2013 photo59 Champaign County, Illinois, United States August 26, 2013 Details
August 24, 2013 Jeff Brown Greene County, Ohio, United States August 25, 2013 Details
July 22, 2013 Americus Garden Inn Georgia, Sumter County, United States August 22, 2013 Details
August 10, 2013 dandtkienzle De Soto County, Mississippi, United States August 21, 2013 Details
August 20, 2013 CA Ivy Tulsa County, Oklahoma, United States August 21, 2013 Details
August 04, 2013 lisaa Franklin County, Ohio, United States August 19, 2013 Details
August 19, 2013 CA Ivy Tulsa County, Oklahoma, United States August 19, 2013 Details
August 14, 2013 gblkrum Chester County, Pennsylvania, United States August 18, 2013 Details
August 02, 2013 Jeff Brown Montgomery County, Ohio, United States August 16, 2013 Details
August 13, 2013 Jeff Brown Greene County, Ohio, United States August 15, 2013 Details
August 09, 2013 HCS Curricula Clarendon County, South Carolina, United States August 14, 2013 Details
August 14, 2013 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States August 14, 2013 Details
August 10, 2013 digginflowers Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, United States August 13, 2013 Details
August 09, 2013 Jeff Brown Wells County, Indiana, United States August 13, 2013 Details