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.
 







For more information on this species, visit the following link:
Butterflies and Moths of North America page for this species

Date record last modified:
Aug 07, 2016