Tawny Emperor Butterfly

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Hackberry trees have become common in our yard,

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

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Tawny emperor butterflies (Asterocampa clyton clyton),

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commonly visit our yard,

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and feed on flowers of this faerie wand.

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 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.

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

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Both species seldom visit flowers flowers

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 commonly visit rotting fruit and sap flows.

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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.

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

    Great shots, Kathy!

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  3. Excellent shots.. 🙂

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

    Magical photos! Full of information too!

    Reply

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