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Tawny Emperor

Asterocampa clyton


A Tawny Emperor found in the water at the edge of the Arkansas River. I usually don't interfere in nature, but it was alive, so I lifted it to safety where, hopefully, it'd dry off.


The only host for this species is the Hackberry, which made up a good percentage of the woods in the park. From the wiki: "The adult feeds on carrion, plant sap, and dung, and rarely land on flowers." My dad always told an old adage about life being like a butterfly, one moment landing on a beautiful flower and the next landing on a pile of dung. Who knew it had some truth to it?


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Matthew Hammond
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Matthew Hammond

Arkansas, USA

Spotted on Sep 17, 2019
Submitted on Sep 24, 2019

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