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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June 18, 2016 kalbrech Dakota County, Minnesota, United States July 21, 2016 Details
July 21, 2016 stephen stedman Moore County, Tennessee, United States July 21, 2016 Details
July 17, 2016 stephen stedman Trousdale County, Tennessee, United States July 17, 2016 Details
June 28, 2016 awhite369 Defiance County, Ohio, United States July 14, 2016 Details
July 04, 2016 Doug Bruce Lincoln County, Tennessee, United States July 10, 2016 Details
July 02, 2016 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States July 08, 2016 Details
July 05, 2016 Mara-Lynne Hamilton County, Tennessee, United States July 05, 2016 Details
June 25, 2016 Jonathan Clark La Salle Parish, Louisiana, United States July 04, 2016 Details
July 03, 2016 Doug Bruce Gibson County, Tennessee, United States July 04, 2016 Details
July 15, 2015 Bonnie Morrison Howard County, Texas, United States July 01, 2016 Details
June 19, 2016 Doug Bruce Meigs County, Tennessee, United States June 28, 2016 Details
June 20, 2016 digginflowers Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, United States June 28, 2016 Details
June 25, 2016 brainerd Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States June 28, 2016 Details
June 09, 2016 PDunwiddie St Charles County, Missouri, United States June 14, 2016 Details
June 13, 2016 Linsey1028 Montgomery County, Indiana, United States June 13, 2016 Details
May 25, 2015 GCSnelling Poinsett County, Arkansas, United States June 12, 2016 Details
June 10, 2016 cblazo Fulton County, Pennsylvania, United States June 12, 2016 Details
June 04, 2016 cblazo Franklin County, Pennsylvania, United States June 06, 2016 Details
June 05, 2016 wsllltx Texas, Travis County, United States June 05, 2016 Details
May 30, 2016 Doug Bruce Obion County, Tennessee, United States June 02, 2016 Details
May 28, 2016 Melinda Fawver Crockett County, Tennessee, United States May 30, 2016 Details
May 29, 2016 Doug Bruce Weakley County, Tennessee, United States May 30, 2016 Details
May 29, 2016 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States May 29, 2016 Details
May 24, 2016 N6REJ Osage County, Oklahoma, United States May 28, 2016 Details
May 23, 2016 Doug Bruce Loudon County, Tennessee, United States May 24, 2016 Details
May 21, 2016 Doug Bruce Roane County, Tennessee, United States May 23, 2016 Details
May 09, 2016 CA Ivy Tulsa County, Oklahoma, United States May 10, 2016 Details
May 01, 2016 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States May 02, 2016 Details
June 02, 2015 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States February 28, 2016 Details
July 11, 2015 SkrentnyJeff Cook County, Illinois, United States February 20, 2016 Details
August 22, 2015 SkrentnyJeff Putnam County, Illinois, United States February 20, 2016 Details
July 17, 2015 richardhsmith (Jonathan Willey) Dorchester County, Maryland, United States February 18, 2016 Details
August 20, 2014 Nana Jo Hamilton County, Ohio, United States February 16, 2016 Details
July 10, 2015 J_Martineau Chisago County, Minnesota, United States December 17, 2015 Details
September 13, 2015 LDSR Georgia, Thomas County, United States December 15, 2015 Details
July 12, 2015 CA Ivy (Jon C. Ivy) Adair County, Oklahoma, United States December 10, 2015 Details
July 03, 2015 Cathy Miller Charleston County, South Carolina, United States November 22, 2015 Details
July 11, 2015 MacDoc Rock County, Wisconsin, United States October 31, 2015 Details
October 01, 2015 Mike Dillon Cass County, Texas, United States October 12, 2015 Details
October 07, 2015 gpstewart Texas, United States, Williamson County October 09, 2015 Details
August 17, 2015 rdhealy1951@aol.com Hart County, Kentucky, United States October 03, 2015 Details
September 27, 2015 Doug Bruce Loudon County, Tennessee, United States September 28, 2015 Details
September 15, 2015 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States September 15, 2015 Details
September 14, 2015 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States September 14, 2015 Details
September 06, 2015 stephen stedman Houston County, Tennessee, United States September 13, 2015 Details
September 13, 2015 stephen stedman Jackson County, Tennessee, United States September 13, 2015 Details
September 07, 2015 stephen stedman Perry County, Tennessee, United States September 09, 2015 Details
September 07, 2015 Pleurastic Licking County, Ohio, United States September 07, 2015 Details
August 27, 2015 AJ Trently Lauderdale County, Tennessee, United States September 06, 2015 Details
September 05, 2015 stomlins701 Elmore County, Alabama, United States September 06, 2015 Details