Tawny Emperor Butterfly (Asterocampa clyton)

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Tawny Emperor Butterfly (Asterocampa clyton)
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Tawny Emperor (Asterocampa clyton)

These fast flying butterflies are most common around Hackberry trees. They are often found on natural vegetation and are not common in human inhabited areas. As caterpillars, they are commonly found grouped together. An amazing behavior this caterpillar has developed is site cleaning. They remove their frass - droppings from the leaf they are occupying; this reduces the chances of being located by a parasite. These interesting butterflies love well-ripened fruit. Setting out this treat may lure this orange and black patterned butterfly to your gardens.

Family: Brush-footed Butterfly (Nymphalidae)

Subfamily: Emperor (Apaturinae)

Average Wingspan: 1 1/2" - 2 1/2"

Habitat: Trees, wooded areas

Similar To: Hackberry Emperor

Plants That Attract This Butterfly

* May not be available for purchase at your local nursery.

Note: Always check a plant's Hardiness Zone to make sure it will grow in your area. (What Is My Hardiness Zone?)

Where To Buy Plants

Butterfly Flight Range Map

Tawny Emperor Flight Range Map

Photo Credits:
Open wing - Fred Miller
Closed wing - Fred Miller

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