A Hackberry Butterfly

A hackberry butterfly can be real tame when sweat’s involved. 

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At least I didn’t have any witnesses when taking this picture. The butterfly landed on my right hand and the camera strap was around my right wrist. The butterfly continued “dining” while I walked my yard loop (in September when my blog site decided not to cooperate.)

If you look close, you’ll notice it appears to have only 4 legs. Hackberry butterflies are members of a butterfly family, called brushfoots. Their front pair of legs is greatly reduced. The adults seldom visit flowers. They frequent moist places, fermenting fruit, tree sap and animal droppings.

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Hackberry butterflies (Asterocampa celtis) lay their eggs on hackberry trees. They are triple brooded in Illinois and fly from May into October.

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4 responses to this post.

  1. Nice photos. I’ve never heard of that one.

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    • Their range covers most of eastern U.S. just not up to where you are. We have several hackberry trees in the yard. Tawny emperor butterflies also lay eggs on hackberry trees.

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