Asterocampa clayton flora, the Tawny Emperor
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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.