Species Page: Tawny Emperor (Asterocampa clyton)

Tawny Emperor

Asterocampa clyton (Boisduval & Le Conte, [1835])

Family: Nymphalidae

Status: Uncommon resident in the southeastern half of the state. Becomes rarer westward.

NENHP Rank: S2,S3, Tier 2

Range: This species inhabits roughly the eastern half of the United States. In Nebraska it is most common in the southeastern portion of the state and ranges west to Furnas and north to Dakota counties. There is also a Pine Ridge population.

Larval Hostplant(s): Hackberry trees (Celtis sp.).

Broods/Flight Times: Multiple broods with records from early June to mid-October. Most common in late June.

Overwintering: As a partially grown larvae.

Habitat: Found in woodland openings and margins containing hackberry trees

Avg. Wingspan: 1 5/8 – 2 3/4 inches

Found at: Indian Cave SP, Fontenelle Forest, Table Rock SWMA

Similar Species: Hackberry Emperor