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 16, 2015 theresaawilson Jefferson County, Indiana, United States August 31, 2015 Details
August 26, 2015 sfp Jessamine County, Kentucky, United States August 30, 2015 Details
August 28, 2015 stephen stedman Warren County, Tennessee, United States August 29, 2015 Details
August 20, 2015 pattiep9 Tazewell County, Illinois, United States August 27, 2015 Details
August 17, 2015 Happyhealy Hart County, Kentucky, United States August 27, 2015 Details
August 23, 2015 Fritz Riedel Washington County, Pennsylvania, United States August 25, 2015 Details
August 22, 2015 Latenight Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, United States August 25, 2015 Details
August 21, 2015 brandahl La Porte County, Indiana, United States August 22, 2015 Details
August 19, 2015 Sj1978 St. Louis City County, Missouri, United States August 20, 2015 Details
August 14, 2015 rjcohrs Hancock County, Indiana, United States August 20, 2015 Details
August 15, 2015 Claudia56 Putnam County, Indiana, United States August 19, 2015 Details
July 25, 2015 Nancy Weiss Charlottesville City County, Virginia, United States August 17, 2015 Details
May 16, 2015 Ron Smith Levy County, Florida, United States August 17, 2015 Details
August 01, 2015 Ron Smith Liberty County, Florida, United States August 17, 2015 Details
August 07, 2015 gclausen100 Loudoun County, Virginia, United States August 17, 2015 Details
August 16, 2015 ButterBelle Montgomery County, Tennessee, United States August 17, 2015 Details
August 16, 2015 ButterBelle Montgomery County, Tennessee, United States August 17, 2015 Details
August 14, 2015 amealer Hamilton County, Tennessee, United States August 14, 2015 Details
August 14, 2015 ispeakpurple Lee County, Illinois, United States August 14, 2015 Details
August 08, 2015 jdrsmom917 Pickaway County, Ohio, United States August 12, 2015 Details
August 08, 2015 digginflowers Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, United States August 11, 2015 Details
August 09, 2015 Doug Bruce Giles County, Tennessee, United States August 10, 2015 Details
August 08, 2015 stephen stedman White County, Tennessee, United States August 08, 2015 Details
July 09, 2015 Carolyn Seaton Lancaster County, South Carolina, United States August 05, 2015 Details
August 05, 2015 Veggie Steve Warren County, Ohio, United States August 05, 2015 Details
August 02, 2015 Doug Bruce Robertson County, Tennessee, United States August 04, 2015 Details
August 01, 2015 Melinda Fawver Montgomery County, Tennessee, United States August 02, 2015 Details
August 02, 2015 stephen stedman Trousdale County, Tennessee, United States August 02, 2015 Details
July 09, 2015 roseanna Muhlenberg County, Kentucky, United States July 27, 2015 Details
July 25, 2015 Doug Bruce Marshall County, Tennessee, United States July 27, 2015 Details
July 26, 2015 Doug Bruce Maury County, Tennessee, United States July 27, 2015 Details
July 04, 2015 Ken Cheeks Edgefield County, South Carolina, United States July 26, 2015 Details
July 24, 2015 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States July 25, 2015 Details
July 09, 2015 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States July 23, 2015 Details
July 18, 2015 Doug Bruce Clay County, Tennessee, United States July 20, 2015 Details
September 12, 2013 ncrosbyrd Bibb County, Georgia, United States July 16, 2015 Details
June 23, 2015 SkrentnyJeff Cook County, Illinois, United States July 14, 2015 Details
July 14, 2015 stomlins701 Elmore County, Alabama, United States July 14, 2015 Details
July 11, 2015 sore1ste Washington County, Minnesota, United States July 13, 2015 Details
July 11, 2015 Bill Emch Chester County, South Carolina, United States July 11, 2015 Details
July 11, 2015 stephen stedman Smith County, Tennessee, United States July 11, 2015 Details
July 08, 2015 Bill Emch Chester County, South Carolina, United States July 08, 2015 Details
June 24, 2015 aphotodga71 Wabasha County, Minnesota, United States June 29, 2015 Details
June 26, 2015 Bill Emch Chester County, South Carolina, United States June 28, 2015 Details
June 23, 2015 Darrell P. Delahousaye Dakota County, Minnesota, United States June 27, 2015 Details
June 14, 2015 aarongunnar Dunn County, Wisconsin, United States June 19, 2015 Details
June 15, 2015 jau321 Ingham County, Michigan, United States June 16, 2015 Details
June 04, 2015 quick3beers Hamilton County, Ohio, United States June 15, 2015 Details
June 13, 2015 aut2bhomeincarolina Atchison County, Kansas, United States June 14, 2015 Details
June 06, 2015 OhioHick Adams County, Pennsylvania, United States June 14, 2015 Details