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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September 25, 2010 John LeBlanc Chesterfield County, Virginia, United States October 02, 2014 Details
September 21, 2014 Sean Werle Texas, Smith County, United States October 02, 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
June 23, 2006 roseanna Pulaski County, Kentucky, United States July 18, 2014 Details
July 16, 2014 ChrisBlox Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana, United States July 18, 2014 Details
July 14, 2014 gpstewart Texas, Travis County, United States July 16, 2014 Details
June 30, 2014 LauriS Montour County, Pennsylvania, United States July 10, 2014 Details
July 28, 2010 julmast Elkhart County, Indiana, United States July 05, 2014 Details
July 04, 2014 KristyBaker Putnam County, Tennessee, United States July 05, 2014 Details
June 26, 2014 stormyeyes99 Sussex County, New Jersey, United States July 03, 2014 Details
June 21, 2014 curtis.lehman (Kadee Books) Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, United States June 29, 2014 Details
June 21, 2014 systanfield Richland County, South Carolina, United States June 28, 2014 Details
June 26, 2014 L. C. Zolezzi Hays County, Texas, United States June 26, 2014 Details
June 13, 2014 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States June 13, 2014 Details
May 10, 2014 InfiniteHolly Harris County, Texas, United States May 10, 2014 Details
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