Tawny Emperor - Asterocampa clyton

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Tawny Emperor feeding on banana.

Tawny Emperors can be found throughout the eastern US. They use Celtis occidentalis,
Celtis reticulata,
Celtis laevigata,
Celtis tenuifolia and
Celtis lindheimeri as host plants, similar to the Hackberry Butterfly.

Eggs are light green and laid in large groups on the underside of leaves of the host plant.

Adults feed on flower nectar, rotting fruit and carrion. In my garden I have only seen then feeding on rotting bananas, never flowers.

Pictures of Tawny Emperors from the side, with their wings closed, feeding on bananas:










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