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Forgotten Photo Friday: Hackberry Emperor Butterfly, Asterocampa celtis (Nymphalidae)

At the base of a large tree just outside the main cabin in which we had most of our BugShot2011 workshops, a slime flux was oozing. This flux was attracting all manner of six-legged beasties, including ants, yellowjacket wasps, clearwing moths and butterflies.

At times, the tree trunk seemed alive with the subtle, lazy flapping of resting butterfly wings. I fell a little bit in love with the Hackberry Emperor butterflies (on account of their cuteness, you see) and spent several hours stalking them to get just the right shot. This was the winner for me:

Hello, butterfly! (Hackberry Emperor Butterflies, Asterocampa celtis (Nymphalidae))

O hai, butterfly! (Hackberry Emperor Butterfly, Asterocampa celtis (Nymphalidae))

That face! Those eyes! The little forelegs all cutely tucked up against the body!

They look pretty nice from the side, too 😉

Hackberry Emperor Butterfly, Asterocampa celtis

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11 responses to “Forgotten Photo Friday: Hackberry Emperor Butterfly, Asterocampa celtis (Nymphalidae)

  1. Ted C. MacRae January 27, 2012 at 5:38 PM

    Even butterflies make for great face shots. It has an almost quizzicle look on its ‘face’.

  2. Warren January 27, 2012 at 5:52 PM

    That slime flux link was super neat!
    “quizzicle”
    (Why am I such a bitch?)
    That’s Ms. Bitch to you!

  3. Warren January 27, 2012 at 5:53 PM

    Oops – should have used single brackets for maximum effect.
    *Sigh*

    • Ted C. MacRae January 29, 2012 at 2:57 PM

      …………………./´¯/)
      ………………..,/¯../
      ………………./…./
      …………./´¯/’…’/´¯¯`·¸
      ………./’/…/…./……./¨¯\
      ……..(‘(…´…´…. ¯~/’…’)
      ………\……………..’…../
      ……….”…\………. _.·´
      …………\…………..(
      …………..\………….\…

  4. Adrian D. Thysse January 27, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    I like the quizzicle look, but the Troll? Not so much.

  5. dragonflywoman January 28, 2012 at 12:39 AM

    Love the photos! Fabulous shots.

  6. Lucy Corrander January 28, 2012 at 9:08 AM

    Fantastic photos. Beautiful creature. Almost cartoonish in that the images suggest a character the butterfly probably hasn’t got.

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