Tawny Emperor Butterfly


Hackberry trees have become common in our yard,


thanks to all the birds that visit the trees, eat the berries and later “drop” the seeds.


Tawny emperor butterflies (Asterocampa clyton clyton),


commonly visit our yard,


and feed on flowers of this faerie wand.


 I don’t recommend planting faerie wand in a garden, even though it’s an insect magnet. A friend gave me a start years ago, and I enjoyed it. I don’t enjoy it anymore — the plants have long runners and at this stage, there’s a jungle of plants and a deep wad of roots in three-fourths of my butterfly garden.


Hackberry butterflies (Asterocampa cletis celtis) also lay eggs on the leaves in hackberry trees.


Both species seldom visit flowers flowers


 commonly visit rotting fruit and sap flows.


10 responses to this post.

  1. You’ve always got to beware when well meaning friends give you plants. There’s usually a good reason they have enough to give away-because they’re taking over their garden.
    Beautiful butterflies. I don’t remember ever seeing either one.


  2. Posted by Therese Tree Liver on August 5, 2015 at 10:55 pm

    Great shots, Kathy!


  3. Excellent shots.. 🙂


  4. Posted by Tree Lover Therese on August 12, 2015 at 8:24 am

    Magical photos! Full of information too!


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