Subject: More Emperor Butterflies
Location: Coryell County, Texas
October 7, 2013 1:46 pm
The butterflies are thick in our neighbor’s yard. Her hedge and trees must be delicious to them. She kindly said I can take as many photos as I’d like. 🙂
Thankfully for them, these butterflies have escaped the birds so far.
I believe these are the same species of Emperor, perhaps Tawny Emperor, if not the same individual?
This latest batch of photos is quite exceptional. These are perfect specimens, unlike the traumatized individuals you sent in the past few days. Tell us, do you get Emperors every year or is this a significant event? We agree that this appears to be a Tawny Emperor. According to BugGuide: “Similar to Hackberry Emperor, but rusty-brown above, darker below. Has small irridescent patches instead of eyespots below.”