Hackberry Butterfly

Hackberry Butterfly – Asterocampa celtis

color photo Hackberry Butterfly lateral view

Family Nymphalidae / Subfamily: Apaturinae. Live butterflies photographed at Ogle County, Illinois.

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.

color photo hackberry butterfly dorsal view

Host Plants: Hackberry (Celtis species) and sugarberry (Celtis laevigata).
Adult Food: Sap, rotting fruit, dung, carrion. Will take moisture at wet spots along roads and streams.
Habitat: Along wooded streams, forest glades and river edges, wooded roadsides, towns.
Range: Resident in most of the eastern United States, central Plains states, and northern Mexico.

Hackberry Tree

Hackberry tree photographed at the Morton Arboretum, Lisle Illinois

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