A Friendly Hackberry Butterfly

I came into the computer room to work on a blog, and there was a hackberry butterfly (Asterocampa celtis celtis) on the inside of the picture window.

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I put a pint jar over it and slid a piece of paper between the window and the jar.

I couldn’t  figure out how it got in the house … unless a caterpillar somehow got in the house, pupated, and emerged today (August 30).

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I sat on the front porch, taking picture after picture of it

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from different angles.

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It seemed intent on exhibiting its wing markings.

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Adding a profile showed its proboscis, a “straw” coiled when not sipping moisture from damp places.

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They seldom visit flowers and prefer sap flows, fermenting fruit,

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tree sap and animal droppings … and sweat.

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The adults seldom visit flowers and are commonly found at moist places, on fermenting fruit, tree sap and animal droppings.

They lay their eggs in masses, and the larvae are gregarious when young. The partially grown caterpillars hibernate through the winter.

4 responses to this post.

  1. What a beautiful visitor. Tame too!


  2. Amazing pictures! What a beautiful and friendly one. 🙂


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