Image 1: Dorsal view
Image 2: Ventral view on bench
Image 3: Ventral view, 3 Fire ants
Hackberry Emperor (Asterocampis celtis)
2 October 2015: Our first visit to the Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge (HNWR) in Sherman, Grayson County, Texas, rendered several observations which included this one of a just recently expired Hackberry Emperor (Asterocampis celtis) which we found at the foot of the first bench placed on the Haller's Haven Nature Trail. Its wings were still flexible and we noticed that only three tiny but fierce Fire ants had arrived to begin dissecting the body to suit their own needs and purposes. We photographed it and left it in its place where it had come to rest. We only observed one additional Hackberry Emperor at the HNWR but were unable to photograph it. The national wildlife refuge was filled with other butterflies that were flying on that day and we shall present these in due course. We were fortunate to have encountered and documented Hackberry Emperor.
Asterocampa celtis antonia ((Boisduval & Leconte, 1835) Nymphalidae.
sambiology had the patience to wait for a good dorsal view. http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/1989214
The Hackberry Emperor (Asterocampa celtis) is a North American butterfly that belongs to the family of brushfooted butterflies, Nymphalidae.