Saturday, August 15, 2009

Hackberry Emperor

Ok, I can stop whining now about no butterflies this year. This year, in my own yard, I have now photographed Cabbage Whites, Silver Spotted Skipper, Tiger Swallowtail, Dark Tiger Swallowtail, Spicebush Swallowtail, Variegated Fritillary, Gulf Fritillary, Great Spangled Fritillary, and now the Hackberry Emperior. Most I have only seen once, but I have seen them.
Last year I saw one Hackberry, and posted it here. It was also on the brick of my house. Now another one on the side of the house. I have never seen them on my zinnias. The color of my brick is a pretty good camouflage for the Hackberry, and notice something has already got a piece of him.
The only host plant of the Hackberry Emperor is the Hackberry tree, the only Hackberry tree I had was leaning over the road so the county cut it for us. Now I feel guilty, I might have more of these if I had kept the Hackberry tree. That was 2 years ago, so there must be another tree close by.
My favorite is this last one. It actually was the first one I snapped. I almost missed him. I had already turned the camera off and was stepping in the front door when I saw him.
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14 comments:

itsJUSTme-wendy said...

We just don't have these butterflies and moths around here! You are so lucky.

Darla said...

You are in-love with butterflies and moths aren't you? Great photos Leedra...

Dorothy said...

This is a beautiful butterfly, Leedra! It's a new one to me.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Lovely pictures.That camo is really good.
Blessings,Ruth

Rose said...

I like this butterfly...I guess I have never seen a butterfly I didn't like.

Dawn said...

Wow! He was co-operative with you! Fab photos!

Mildred said...

Great photos Leedra. So very beautiful.

George said...

You got wonderful pictures of this Hackberry Emperor. I'm glad you turned your camera back on.

JKoenig said...

I really like that last picture too.....Seemed like a perfect pose.

Anonymous said...

Good job, Leedra. Too bad its
hind wings were nipped off by
something. About that Polyphemus
Moth on the last blog, they do
not eat as adults, only the
caterpillars eat. The adult only
lives about 2 weeks, so the one
Jimmy found was probably in its
last stages of life, after hope-
fully mating successfully.
Hap in New Hope

lisaschaos said...

You know, I've been seeing more butterflies in my yard this year as well. Pretty neat! I even love the brown ones, somehow they're still very pretty!

Shelley said...

I like all the spots on this butterfly!

Pam said...

Great shots. I like the last photo too. You can really see the detail of the butterfly.

Mary said...

Love those Hackberry butterflies and if you hang around quietly, they will land on you. So cool! It has been a good butterfly year here.

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