|Hackberry Butterfly - Asterocampa celtis|
Live butterflies photographed at Ogle County, Illinois
Family Nymphalidae / Subfamily: Apaturinae
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Hackberry butterflies are fast and erratic fliers, and frequently rest upside down on tree trunks. Males perch on tall objects in sunny areas to watch for females. Eggs are laid in clusters, and the caterpillars feed communally. Caterpillars overwinter in groups gathered inside dead rolled leaves.
Flight: Two broods from May-October.
Host Plants: Hackberry (Celtis species) and sugarberry (Celtis laevigata).
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