Emperor, but which Emperor?

Subject: A Tawny Emperor, I think
Location: San Antonio, TX
May 20, 2013 7:07 pm
Hi, guys, had a visitor to my patio garden today, and I was able to get a couple of good shots. I think it’s a Tawny Emperor, Asterocampa clyton. But I can’t tell if it’s a Louisa Tawny or a Texas Tawny. I’m leaning toward the Texas Tawny because the colors were pretty subdued. On the other hand, it was pretty sizable, an inch and a half at least. Any way, you haven’t posted a photo of a Tawny in a couple of years, so I thought I’d submit her. Thanks for all you do!!
Signature: Melvis & Laugh

Tawny Emperor
Tawny Emperor

Dear Melvis & Laugh,
Here at What’s That Bug? we tend to be generalists more the specificists, so we are not certain that we can correctly identify your Emperor to the species level.  We will leave that for the Lepidopterists among our readership.  We did consider your comment that the colors were pretty subdued” so we attempted to correct the situation.  The wall appeared green to us so we neutralized it which added some warmth to the Emperor’s wings.  We do believe it resembles this particular Tawny Emperor on BugGuide.

Think you’re right, Daniel.  Missed that one.  Thanks for taking the time to look!  Hope we have more to send you soon!

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