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.
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June 19, 2016 Melinda Fawver Meigs County, Tennessee, United States June 28, 2016 Details
June 05, 2016 Judy Ross Hamilton County, Ohio, United States June 05, 2016 Details
May 19, 2016 JeanEvoy De Soto County, Florida, United States May 25, 2016 Details
April 28, 2016 gregsnyder Texas, Tarrant County, United States April 29, 2016 Details
August 25, 2010 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States February 24, 2016 Details
June 21, 2011 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States February 24, 2016 Details
August 09, 2015 richardhsmith (Jonathan Willey) Dorchester County, Maryland, United States February 18, 2016 Details
September 18, 2015 sshively Rapides Parish, Louisiana, United States February 03, 2016 Details
September 24, 2008 AJ Trently Decatur County, Tennessee, United States January 01, 2016 Details
September 24, 2015 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States December 22, 2015 Details
July 18, 2015 tjrickert Armstrong County, Pennsylvania, United States November 18, 2015 Details
October 07, 2015 gpstewart Texas, United States, Williamson County October 09, 2015 Details
September 17, 2015 Tonia Graves Pima County, Arizona, United States October 07, 2015 Details
September 26, 2015 cosmic_cat Gregg County, Texas, United States September 30, 2015 Details
September 26, 2015 vivalapaz Cleveland County, Oklahoma, United States September 27, 2015 Details
September 16, 2015 SidK Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, United States September 20, 2015 Details
September 13, 2015 EarlyDawnPhotography Grant County, Kentucky, United States September 18, 2015 Details
September 08, 2015 opiliones Texas, Pecos County, United States September 13, 2015 Details
September 13, 2015 stephen stedman Jackson County, Tennessee, United States September 13, 2015 Details
September 01, 2015 EarlyDawnPhotography Grant County, Kentucky, United States September 12, 2015 Details
September 07, 2015 Doug Bruce Perry County, Tennessee, United States September 11, 2015 Details
August 22, 2015 adamholli Russell County, Virginia, United States September 10, 2015 Details
September 06, 2015 Doug Bruce Stewart County, Tennessee, United States September 09, 2015 Details
August 18, 2015 mathgeek Marion County, Indiana, United States September 08, 2015 Details
August 29, 2015 Bill Emch Chester County, South Carolina, United States August 30, 2015 Details
August 16, 2015 ButterBelle Montgomery County, Tennessee, United States August 17, 2015 Details
August 16, 2015 Melinda Fawver Overton County, Tennessee, United States August 17, 2015 Details
August 07, 2015 rjcohrs Hancock County, Indiana, United States August 12, 2015 Details
August 08, 2015 Doug Bruce Lawrence County, Tennessee, United States August 08, 2015 Details
August 04, 2015 CA Ivy Washington County, Arkansas, United States August 05, 2015 Details
August 01, 2015 Melinda Fawver Montgomery County, Tennessee, United States August 02, 2015 Details
July 12, 2015 lostpineslife Bastrop County, Texas, United States August 01, 2015 Details
July 11, 2015 mskasik Guadalupe County, Texas, United States July 31, 2015 Details
July 28, 2015 TeddyKuma Texas, Lampasas County, United States July 31, 2015 Details
July 31, 2015 TeresaL Shelby County, Ohio, United States July 31, 2015 Details
July 04, 2015 Ron Smith Pinellas County, Florida, United States July 26, 2015 Details
April 19, 2015 Ron Smith Levy County, Florida, United States July 26, 2015 Details
July 25, 2015 Doug Bruce Marshall County, Tennessee, United States July 26, 2015 Details
July 15, 2015 Jeff Trahan Madison Parish, Louisiana, United States July 20, 2015 Details
July 18, 2015 Holly Waters Texas, Tom Green County, United States July 18, 2015 Details
July 08, 2015 trinectes Virginia, United States, Warren County July 17, 2015 Details
July 08, 2015 aarongunnar Dunn County, Wisconsin, United States July 13, 2015 Details
June 23, 2015 stephen stedman Smith County, Tennessee, United States July 02, 2015 Details
June 22, 2008 Joe Saunders Mercer County, West Virginia, United States July 02, 2015 Details
June 12, 2015 roseanna Ohio County, Kentucky, United States July 01, 2015 Details
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