Hackberry Emperor (Asterocampa celtis)
(aka: Hackberry Butterfly)
These beautifully patterned butterflies are a true delight. They have been known to be extremely ‘friendly,’ often landing on people and enjoying the treat of salty sweat. They prefer feeding on overripe fruit and tree sap than to nectar in flowers. They are fast fliers, but can often be seen basking in the sun on an open leaf. They are wonderful guests to any friendly garden.