Tawny Emperor

Place name abbreviations: MPEA - Middle Patuxent Environment Area; PRSP - Patuxent River State Park; PVSP - Patapsco River Valley State Park.

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Common name [Link is to BAMONA] (wingspan range in inches) Occurrence level & flight period.
Habitat. Typically visits (for nectaring). Larval host plants.




Tawny Emperor (1.6–2.75") Rare: M-Jun & M-Aug Woods trails & edges Wet spots Hackberry
Hackberry Emperor

Female
June 19, 2016
Ellicott City
Kathy Litzinger

Hackberry Emperor

Female
June 19, 2016
Ellicott City
Kathy Litzinger

Hackberry Emperor

Female (ovipositing)
June 19, 2016
Ellicott City
Kathy Litzinger

Had she oviposited here before?
Are the eggs viable??
Will they hatch??
What would Dick Smith say??

OMG!! There are so many astonishments in this series of pics, I can't believe it!

Number 1 is, yes, a Tawny Emperor (TE). Third all-time sighting in the county, and the last site was developed soon after the photo record (with all hackberry trees taken out).

Number 2 is, it's in your yard. Oh wait, that's no surprise after our experiences in 2012. AND, those sure looks like hackberry leaves. Does Linda know you have a hackberry tree in your yard?!

Number 3 is, it's a female Tawny Emperor (much black on dorsal HW; hindwings large and rounded; plump abdomen). A very fresh specimen; obviously full of eggs.

OK, let's put these three items together. This butterfly, rare to Howard County, is probably going to lay eggs all over the one or more hackberry trees you have there (in fact, isn't that an egg already on the leaf at the abdomen tip in your last pic?); little TEs will probably be hatching and crawling around nibbling on your leaves, and you will have more Tawny Emperors flitting around there by late August. Howard County butterfly photographers will be flocking to your yard for their record. You can charge admission! (for a good cause of course).

Dick

SUCCESS!

Hackberry Emperor

Caterpillar
July 22, 2016
Ellicott City
Kathy Litzinger

Hackberry Emperor

Caterpillar
July 22, 2016
Ellicott City
Kathy Litzinger

Hackberry Emperor

Chrysalis
August 7, 2016
Ellicott City
Kathy Litzinger

Hackberry Emperor

The next generation
August 14, 2016
Ellicott City
Kathy Litzinger