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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August 12, 2014 DebW Curry County, New Mexico, United States September 24, 2014 Details
September 10, 2014 aut2bhomeincarolina Clarendon County, South Carolina, United States September 18, 2014 Details
September 04, 2014 Doug Bruce Gibson County, Tennessee, United States September 14, 2014 Details
September 05, 2014 Doug Bruce McNairy County, Tennessee, United States September 14, 2014 Details
September 05, 2014 Doug Bruce Wayne County, Tennessee, United States September 14, 2014 Details
August 19, 2014 Terry W. Johnson Crisp County, Georgia, United States September 12, 2014 Details
September 02, 2014 Mike Dillon Texas, United States, Wichita County September 12, 2014 Details
August 03, 2014 Lois Stacey Georgia, Screven County, United States September 11, 2014 Details
September 10, 2014 CA Ivy Sequoyah County, Oklahoma, United States September 10, 2014 Details
September 04, 2014 stephen stedman Carroll County, Tennessee, United States September 09, 2014 Details
September 02, 2014 stephen stedman Benton County, Tennessee, United States September 08, 2014 Details
September 02, 2014 Doug Bruce Bedford County, Tennessee, United States September 08, 2014 Details
September 03, 2014 stephen stedman Lake County, Tennessee, United States September 08, 2014 Details
September 06, 2014 Jody Davison York County, South Carolina, United States September 06, 2014 Details
August 29, 2014 CA Ivy Adair County, Oklahoma, United States August 29, 2014 Details
June 18, 2014 alexnetherton Buncombe County, North Carolina, United States August 28, 2014 Details
July 31, 2014 akdd3173 Lincoln County, North Carolina, United States August 28, 2014 Details
August 22, 2014 dougback Hughes County, South Dakota, United States August 25, 2014 Details
August 22, 2014 Ken42 East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, United States August 23, 2014 Details
August 17, 2014 kdsaul Montgomery County, Ohio, United States August 18, 2014 Details
May 25, 2012 Krish49 Leavenworth County, Kansas, United States August 16, 2014 Details
August 15, 2014 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States August 15, 2014 Details
August 12, 2014 rogerashton Erie County, Ohio, United States August 14, 2014 Details
August 04, 2014 Greimtime816 Clay County, Missouri, United States August 11, 2014 Details
August 10, 2014 cblazo Franklin County, Pennsylvania, United States August 11, 2014 Details
July 18, 2014 cblazo Franklin County, Pennsylvania, United States August 11, 2014 Details
June 13, 2014 Basswarrior Saline County, Kansas, United States August 10, 2014 Details
August 10, 2014 Beverly Carter Baxter County, Arkansas, United States August 10, 2014 Details
August 03, 2014 KristyBaker DeKalb County, Tennessee, United States August 06, 2014 Details
August 06, 2014 CA Ivy Sequoyah County, Oklahoma, United States August 06, 2014 Details
August 03, 2014 Doug Bruce Moore County, Tennessee, United States August 05, 2014 Details
July 23, 2014 RuthWattelet Macon County, Illinois, United States August 05, 2014 Details
July 05, 2014 cblazo Franklin County, Pennsylvania, United States July 30, 2014 Details
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