Tawny Emperor

Subject: Thirsty Butterfly, maybe an Emperor?
Location: Coryell County, Texas
October 16, 2016 3:07 pm
You identified some Emperors for me several years ago, thank you.
This butterfly landed right at my feet as I watered a hanging basket. It may be another Tawny Emperor. This one has a dark mark, though, perhaps a scent spot?
Thank you!
Signature: Ellen

Emperor Butterfly
Emperor Butterfly
Emperor Butterfly
Emperor Butterfly

Subject: Emperor Butterfly? Part II
Location: Coryell County, TX
October 16, 2016 3:25 pm
Hi, these photos are from Oct. 11, and show what I think is another Emperor.
Signature: Ellen

Emperor Butterfly
Emperor Butterfly

Dear Ellen,
Both the Tawny Emperor and the Hackberry Emperor have numerous subspecies, but we believe all your individuals are Tawny Emperors,
Asterocampa clyton, which are pictured on BugGuide.  Three subspecies are found in Texas, according to BugGuide, but there is no indication on how to distinguish them from one another.  Because our duties as an educator are taking us away from the office, we will be post-dating this submission to go live during our absence.

Thank you so much, and best wishes to you both. Just discovered a tarantula strolling across the yard… ? Will submit some photos quickly. Take care, and thank you again!

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