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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April 11, 2011 kevinkanif Collin County, Texas, United States April 21, 2014 Details
July 07, 2013 stormyeyes99 Sussex County, New Jersey, United States February 11, 2014 Details
July 07, 2013 stormyeyes99 Sussex County, New Jersey, United States February 11, 2014 Details
August 08, 2012 digibug Grafton County, New Hampshire, United States February 06, 2014 Details
June 22, 2013 tjantscher Lee County, Iowa, United States February 06, 2014 Details
August 04, 2013 Brian Taber James City County, Virginia, United States January 31, 2014 Details
November 09, 2013 lbell007 Texas, United States January 16, 2014 Details
May 06, 2010 ddodd Texas, United States, Uvalde County January 14, 2014 Details
May 23, 1976 stomlins701 Bexar County, Texas, United States December 28, 2013 Details
August 13, 2013 John429 Wayne County, Michigan, United States November 15, 2013 Details
September 21, 2013 annette shells South Carolina, United States October 24, 2013 Details
September 03, 2011 UrsulaV Chatham County, North Carolina, United States October 19, 2013 Details
September 15, 2013 mdolomieu1 Greene County, Missouri, United States October 15, 2013 Details
September 02, 2013 mdolomieu1 Greene County, Missouri, United States October 09, 2013 Details
October 01, 2013 John LeBlanc Chesterfield County, Virginia, United States October 02, 2013 Details
October 01, 2013 John LeBlanc Chesterfield County, Virginia, United States October 02, 2013 Details
September 15, 2013 Doug Bruce Greene County, Tennessee, United States September 23, 2013 Details
September 18, 2013 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States September 20, 2013 Details
May 23, 2013 inthelikeness Comanche County, Texas, United States September 13, 2013 Details
September 12, 2013 mathgeek Jackson County, Illinois, United States September 13, 2013 Details
July 21, 2013 wallap47 Orleans Parish, Louisiana, United States September 12, 2013 Details
September 07, 2013 Nancee Cobb Calhoun County, Florida, United States September 10, 2013 Details
September 07, 2013 sdbarker7277 Bledsoe County, Tennessee, United States September 10, 2013 Details
August 26, 2013 blawrence Prince Georges County, Maryland, United States September 05, 2013 Details
August 31, 2013 Fritz Riedel Calvert County, Maryland, United States September 05, 2013 Details
September 05, 2013 Mapper Johnson County, Illinois, United States September 05, 2013 Details
September 03, 2013 Mapper Johnson County, Illinois, United States September 03, 2013 Details
August 24, 2013 Jeff Brown Greene County, Ohio, United States September 02, 2013 Details
August 26, 2013 KYWeatherman Logan County, Kentucky, United States August 27, 2013 Details
August 30, 2012 KristyBaker Rutherford County, Tennessee, United States August 25, 2013 Details
July 23, 2013 Americus Garden Inn Georgia, Sumter County, United States August 22, 2013 Details
August 22, 2013 Becky Byrum Delaware County, Indiana, United States August 22, 2013 Details
August 02, 2013 Jeff Brown Montgomery County, Ohio, United States August 16, 2013 Details
August 13, 2013 Jeff Brown Greene County, Ohio, United States August 15, 2013 Details
August 14, 2013 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States August 14, 2013 Details
June 15, 2003 anaeamark Lee County, Florida, United States August 01, 2013 Details
July 25, 2013 lilkriskattn Hamilton County, Tennessee, United States July 30, 2013 Details
July 21, 2013 laurak Alachua County, Florida, United States July 25, 2013 Details
July 18, 2013 digginflowers Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, United States July 20, 2013 Details
June 08, 2013 James_Shelton32 Richmond City County, Virginia, United States July 15, 2013 Details
June 30, 2013 wvbirder Loudoun County, Virginia, United States July 15, 2013 Details
July 06, 2013 Doug Bruce Hardeman County, Tennessee, United States July 13, 2013 Details
July 11, 2013 AddieSpangler Texas, Tarrant County, United States July 11, 2013 Details
July 04, 2013 painted lady Benton County, Arkansas, United States July 06, 2013 Details
July 02, 2013 Sara G Blow Coffey County, Kansas, United States July 04, 2013 Details
June 29, 2013 Pcasteel Cheatham County, Tennessee, United States July 01, 2013 Details
June 29, 2013 ms722 Cheatham County, Tennessee, United States July 01, 2013 Details
July 16, 2012 Jeff Brown Montgomery County, Ohio, United States June 29, 2013 Details
June 21, 2013 gunhilda Payne County, Oklahoma, United States June 21, 2013 Details
June 08, 2013 TallyCannon Leon County, Florida, United States June 20, 2013 Details