Wild Florida Photo - Asterocampa celtis

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Asterocampa celtis

  var.  celtis

EASTERN HACKBERRY BUTTERFLY

HACKBERRY EMPEROR

Florida native

 

Hackberry butterflies are easily attracted to sap flows, as can be seen in these photos of the butterflies on a white oak tree.
Asterocampa celtis is resident throughout much of the eastern United States, the central plains, southwest mountains and northern Mexico. Two subspecies can be found in Florida. A. celtis celtis inhabits the panhandle region. Reinthal's hackberry butterfly - A. celtis reinthali - is larger and ranges through the Florida peninsula.
These light brown butterflies have white spots on the forewing and a single eyespot on the outer edge of the forewing. The hindwing has six smaller eyespots, the undersides of these have green centers. Wingspans range from 4.4 to 6.2 cm (1-3/4 to 2-1/2 in.) witht he females being larger.
Host plants are the various hackberries (Celtis spp.) and sugarberry (Celtis laevigata).

 
Asterocampa celtis is a member of the Nymphalidae - Brush-footed butterflies family.
 

Butterflies through Binoculars

   Jeffrey Glassberg; Marc C. Minno; John V. Calhoun
 A field, finding and gardening guide to the butterflies of Florida

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Butterfly enthusiasts, nature lovers, and curious general readers will perhaps be surprised to learn that Florida's butterfly fauna is unique--and that, until the appearance of this volume, there has been no adequate field guide for the butterflies of this region. This guide simplifies identification by illustrating only species found in Florida--using superb photographs of live butterflies coupled with detailed range maps and identification data. It also offers, with unprecedented detail, much information on flight times and abundances for each of five Florida subregions, including reports on 70 localities in which to find butterflies. Lastly, discussions of the foodplants for each species along with suggestions for attracting these species to one's garden make this work invaluable for all Florida gardeners interested in butterflies.


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Butterflies and Moths of North America page for this species

Date record last modified:
Aug 07, 2016









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