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Empress Leilia

Asterocampa leilia


This butterfly resembles the Hackberry and Tawny emperors with some subtle differences. The easiest one to notice are the two dark circles (false eyes) on top of the forewings, the Hackberry emperor has one and Tawny emperor has none. Wings are 1.5 to 2 inches (38 to 51 mm).


Spotted at Falcon Lake State Park in South Texas. Thorny bushland. They live in canyons, streamsides, thorn scrubs, and washes.


Adults feed on dung, sap and rotting fruit. Larvae feed on Hackberry.

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Roma, Texas, United States

Spotted on Nov 13, 2020
Submitted on Nov 21, 2020

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