Asterocampa clayton flora, the Tawny Emperor 

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Asterocampa clayton flora, the Tawny Emperor 
Asterocampa clayton flora, the Tawny Emperor  eggs
Asterocampa clayton flora, the Tawny Emperor  eggs

Description: Males are much smaller than females. Both sexes are brownish-orange with darker brown markings. Underside is brown and typically rather non-descript.

 

Habitat and Distribution: Southern United States. This species is common in forests and hammocks where host tree grows. It lives predominantly in the canopy.

 

Host Plant: Hackberries (Celtis sps.)

 

Natural History: There have been rumors of this species being found in Key Largo but there have not been any confirmed sightings in the Keys as far as we are aware.

 

Asterocampa clayton flora, the Tawny Emperor  larva
Asterocampa clayton flora, the Tawny Emperor  larva
Asterocampa clayton flora, the Tawny Emperor  pupa
Asterocampa clayton flora, the Tawny Emperor 
Asterocampa clayton flora, the Tawny Emperor  larva

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