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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October 07, 2016 cosmic_cat Gregg County, Texas, United States November 25, 2016 Details
May 02, 2016 Shirley Wilkerson Brazos County, Texas, United States November 14, 2016 Details
September 17, 2016 Doug Bruce Blount County, Tennessee, United States November 13, 2016 Details
August 18, 2016 jdblackmon Alcorn County, Mississippi, United States October 30, 2016 Details
August 28, 2016 meleah2112 Tuscaloosa County, Alabama, United States October 27, 2016 Details
July 28, 2013 anna_holmes Madison County, Alabama, United States October 26, 2016 Details
September 15, 2013 vintagesoul Montgomery County, Alabama, United States October 26, 2016 Details
September 19, 2016 Stott Noble Jefferson County, Alabama, United States October 26, 2016 Details
October 03, 2016 mathgeek Jackson County, Illinois, United States October 18, 2016 Details
June 04, 2015 LibbyMegna Douglas County, Kansas, United States October 14, 2016 Details
June 07, 2015 LibbyMegna Douglas County, Kansas, United States October 14, 2016 Details
August 07, 2016 brgaler Sherburne County, Minnesota, United States October 08, 2016 Details
September 28, 2016 dimples215 Bell County, Texas, United States October 03, 2016 Details
June 04, 2016 KS.trailwalker Franklin County, Kansas, United States October 01, 2016 Details
September 25, 2016 ydlrun Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, United States September 26, 2016 Details
August 06, 2016 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States September 26, 2016 Details
September 23, 2016 Jeff Trahan United States September 26, 2016 Details
July 22, 2016 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States September 25, 2016 Details
July 23, 2016 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States September 25, 2016 Details
August 21, 2016 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States September 25, 2016 Details
September 18, 2016 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States September 25, 2016 Details
September 14, 2016 mathgeek Jackson County, Illinois, United States September 18, 2016 Details
September 10, 2016 Sam Wilson Denton County, Texas, United States September 17, 2016 Details
September 16, 2016 Jeff Trahan Hempstead County, Arkansas, United States September 17, 2016 Details
August 20, 2016 featherjan Muscogee County, Georgia, United States September 13, 2016 Details
September 04, 2016 Doug Bruce Obion County, Tennessee, United States September 12, 2016 Details
September 09, 2016 lilkriskattn Sequatchie County, Tennessee, United States September 09, 2016 Details
September 05, 2016 Doug Bruce Houston County, Tennessee, United States September 07, 2016 Details
September 06, 2016 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States September 06, 2016 Details
September 03, 2016 Doug Bruce Stewart County, Tennessee, United States September 05, 2016 Details
September 04, 2016 stephen stedman Macon County, Tennessee, United States September 05, 2016 Details
September 04, 2016 BQian Davidson County, Tennessee, United States September 04, 2016 Details
August 20, 2016 mathgeek Jackson County, Illinois, United States August 30, 2016 Details
August 28, 2016 ND_CC Cass County, Michigan, United States August 28, 2016 Details
July 11, 2016 KristenR White County, Tennessee, United States August 27, 2016 Details
August 10, 2013 DCLinck Clark County, Arkansas, United States August 23, 2016 Details
August 21, 2016 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States August 22, 2016 Details
August 21, 2016 Allen Gathman Alexander County, Illinois, United States August 22, 2016 Details
August 21, 2016 greg61 Rutherford County, Tennessee, United States August 22, 2016 Details
July 12, 2015 Debo Boddiford Allendale County, South Carolina, United States August 22, 2016 Details
August 13, 2016 S. J. Stedman (Susan E. Pirolo) Putnam County, Tennessee, United States August 22, 2016 Details
August 19, 2016 CA Ivy Crawford County, Arkansas, United States August 22, 2016 Details
August 17, 2016 dennis kiefer Cook County, Illinois, United States August 21, 2016 Details
August 16, 2016 pporonto Yavapai County, Arizona, United States August 19, 2016 Details
August 18, 2016 Krfloyd1979 Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, United States August 18, 2016 Details
August 17, 2016 kmarkdaniel Hendricks County, Indiana, United States August 17, 2016 Details
September 10, 2015 rdhealy1951@aol.com Hart County, Kentucky, United States August 16, 2016 Details
August 11, 2016 scrothhaar86 Noble County, Indiana, United States August 13, 2016 Details
August 12, 2016 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States August 13, 2016 Details
August 11, 2016 Greg Smith Clinton County, Michigan, United States August 12, 2016 Details