Tawny Emperor Asterocampa clyton (Boisduval & Leconte, [1835])  

Status:

Like its relative, the Hackberry Emperor, the Tawny Emperor (Asterocampa clyton) is closely tied to the presence of hackberry trees. This butterfly, like its relative, prefers sap or rotting fruit to flowers, and also habitually perches high up on tree trunks and other vertical surfaces. They are territorial and will chase away other butterflies from their airspace. This species has two broods, one flying in June and July, and another in mid-August to mid-September (Butterflies of Maryland: A Biological Summary and Checklist by Lynn Davidson & Richard Smith).

Description:

Similar to Hackberry Emperor, with dark veins and pale spots on the wings. May be distinguished from Hackberry by noting the absence of submarginal eyespots on the forewing (Hackberry has one or two), and by the two solid bars within cell of forewing (Hackberry shows one broken bar).

Relationships:

This species uses Common Hackberry (Celtis occidentalis) and Dwarf Hackberry (C. tenuifolia) as larval hosts.

There are 75 records in the project database.

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A Tawny Emperor at Sideling Hill Creek, Maryland (6/17/2012). Photo by Richard Orr. (MBP list)

A Tawny Emperor in Howard Co., Maryland (6/20/2006). Photo by Don Haskins. (MBP list)

A Tawny Emperor in Dorchester Co., Maryland (8/9/2015). Photo by Jonathan Willey. (MBP list)

A Tawny Emperor in Allegany Co., Maryland (6/14/2013). Photo by Annette Allor. (MBP list)

A Tawny Emperor in Allegany Co., Maryland (6/10/2015). Photo by Rick Borchelt. (MBP list)

A Tawny Emperor in Charles Co., Maryland (6/30/2017). Photo by Jared Satchell. (MBP list)

Tawny Emperor in Montgomery Co., Maryland (6/23/2006). Photo by Sue Muller. (MBP list)

A Tawny Emperor in Washington Co., Maryland (7/21/2019). Photo by Mark Etheridge. (MBP list)

A Tawny Emperor in Washington Co., Maryland (6/26/2019). Photo by Jim Wilkinson. (MBP list)

A Tawny Emperor in Frederick Co., Maryland (7/5/2015). Photo by Mark Etheridge. (MBP list)

A Tawny Emperor in Frederick Co., Maryland (7/14/2013). Photo by Mark Etheridge. (MBP list)

A Tawny Emperor in Kent Co., Maryland (7/3/2008). Photo by Nancy Martin. (MBP list)

A male Tawny Emperor collected in Frederick Co., Maryland (7/7/1996). Photo by Mark Etheridge. (MBP list)

A female Tawny Emperor collected in Frederick Co., Maryland (8/6/2001). Photo by Mark Etheridge. (MBP list)

Tawny Emperor caterpillars in Montgomery Co., Maryland (6/7/2016). Photo by Tim Friedlander. (MBP list)

Tawny Emperor caterpillars in Calvert Co., Maryland (9/26/2005). Photo by Arlene Ripley. (MBP list)

A Tawny Emperor egg mass in Montgomery Co., Maryland (7/14/2007). Determined by Nate Erwin. Photo by Janice Browne. (MBP list)

A Tawny Emperor in Montgomery Co., Maryland (6/1/2016). Photo by Tim Friedlander. (MBP list)

A Tawny Emperor in Montgomery Co., Maryland (5/7/2016). Photo by Tim Friedlander. (MBP list)

Tawny Emperor caterpillars in Frederick Co., Maryland (8/19/2018). Photo by Bob Cammarata. (MBP list)


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