Attributes of Asterocampa clyton

Tawny Emperor
Asterocampa clyton (Boisduval & Leconte, [1835])

Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: Apaturinae
Identification: Geographically variable. Upperside is chestnut brown; forewing with 2 brown bars in the cell, no white spots, and no eyespots near the outer margin. Hindwing uppersides are orange with black submarginal spots in one form, and all black in the other form.
Wing Span: 1 5/8 - 2 3/4 inches (4.2 - 7 cm).
Life History: Males perch on trees in full sun to watch for females. Eggs are laid in large groups of 200-500 on bark or the underside of mature leaves of host plants. Caterpillars eat leaves and young ones feed gregariously. Third-stage caterpillars hibernate in groups of about 10 inside a dead curled leaf.
Flight: One brood in the north from June-August, two broods in the south from March-November.
Caterpillar Hosts: Trees of the elm family including Celtis occidentalis, C. tenuifolia, C. laevigata, C. lindheimeri, and C. reticulata.
Adult Food: Tree sap, rotting fruit, dung, carrion. Tawny Emperors almost never visit flowers.
Habitat: Densely wooded riparian areas, dry woods, open woods, cities, fencerows, parks.
Range: North Dakota south to Texas, east to New England through most of the southeastern states. Isolated populations in Florida, southwest New Mexico, and southeastern Arizona.
Conservation: Not usually of ocnservation 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 29, 2015 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States June 30, 2015 Details
June 08, 2015 John Many Wings Frederick County, Maryland, United States June 27, 2015 Details
June 11, 2015 mimidharp@yahoo.com Carroll County, Maryland, United States June 27, 2015 Details
June 24, 2015 Bill Emch Chester County, South Carolina, United States June 25, 2015 Details
June 18, 2015 roseanna Garrard County, Kentucky, United States June 18, 2015 Details
June 06, 2015 Doug Bruce Roane County, Tennessee, United States June 07, 2015 Details
November 20, 2013 ncrosbyrd Hidalgo County, Texas, United States June 01, 2015 Details
May 27, 2015 Robalero Hidalgo County, Texas, United States May 28, 2015 Details
June 04, 2014 JHCarpenter Hamilton County, Tennessee, United States May 26, 2015 Details
April 25, 2015 Robalero Hidalgo County, Texas, United States May 10, 2015 Details
May 01, 2015 whbauer Bexar County, Texas, United States May 02, 2015 Details
April 05, 2015 KristyBaker Cameron County, Texas, United States April 30, 2015 Details
April 19, 2015 H. Hooper Wakulla County, Florida, United States April 22, 2015 Details
March 22, 2015 vixxie Cameron County, Texas, United States April 21, 2015 Details
November 03, 2014 Robalero Hidalgo County, Texas, United States April 13, 2015 Details
July 15, 1979 Indy Entomologist Marshall County, Indiana, United States April 08, 2015 Details
June 28, 1979 Indy Entomologist Pulaski County, Indiana, United States March 19, 2015 Details
June 19, 2013 Allen Belden Cumberland County, Virginia, United States March 19, 2015 Details
May 26, 2010 Allen Belden Prince Edward County, Virginia, United States March 19, 2015 Details
August 09, 2014 sawmillrun Marion County, Indiana, United States March 15, 2015 Details
November 08, 2014 wolfbird Harris County, Texas, United States March 12, 2015 Details
August 22, 2014 Nancy Witthuhn Ness County, Kansas, United States February 26, 2015 Details
August 25, 2014 Carol Thornton-Anderson Washington County, Indiana, United States February 25, 2015 Details
August 22, 2010 Indy Entomologist Boone County, Indiana, United States February 21, 2015 Details
July 11, 2010 Indy Entomologist Clinton County, Indiana, United States February 21, 2015 Details
August 21, 2014 Carol Thornton-Anderson Orange County, Indiana, United States February 18, 2015 Details
April 07, 2014 KristyBaker Hidalgo County, Texas, United States December 27, 2014 Details
October 05, 2014 KristyBaker Cameron County, Texas, United States December 27, 2014 Details
September 25, 2010 John LeBlanc Chesterfield County, Virginia, United States December 14, 2014 Details
November 09, 2014 Kurt R. Schwarz Texas, United States December 09, 2014 Details
November 10, 2014 Kurt R. Schwarz Texas, United States December 09, 2014 Details
September 04, 2014 rosedrakon Pittsylvania County, Virginia, United States September 14, 2014 Details
September 05, 2014 Doug Bruce Wayne County, Tennessee, United States September 14, 2014 Details
September 07, 2014 HHowell Grainger County, Tennessee, United States September 12, 2014 Details
August 03, 2014 Lois Stacey Georgia, Screven County, United States September 11, 2014 Details
May 13, 2000 jimbridges Fort Bend County, Texas, 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 Bedford County, Tennessee, United States September 08, 2014 Details
September 03, 2014 stephen stedman Lake County, Tennessee, United States September 08, 2014 Details
September 04, 2014 rconnorsphoto Humphreys County, Tennessee, United States September 06, 2014 Details
August 31, 2014 dengwer Texas, Matagorda County, United States August 31, 2014 Details
August 23, 2014 stephen stedman Pickett County, Tennessee, United States August 24, 2014 Details
August 08, 2014 Paul Tavares Ontario, Canada August 09, 2014 Details
August 02, 2014 arcturusangel Harrison County, Texas, United States August 05, 2014 Details
July 25, 2014 jwilkinson Washington County, Maryland, United States August 02, 2014 Details
July 16, 2014 cblazo Franklin County, Pennsylvania, United States July 30, 2014 Details
July 29, 2014 Englishman Hernando County, Florida, United States July 30, 2014 Details
July 29, 2014 juliereid Ontario, Canada July 29, 2014 Details
July 25, 2014 juliereid Ontario, Canada July 27, 2014 Details
June 29, 2014 mrgrinch09 Jefferson County, Kentucky, United States July 21, 2014 Details