Hackberry Emperor (Asterocampa celtis)

The Hackberry Emperor is mainly olive brown or gray-brown in color, with dark spots. It ranges from southern Canada through the eastern United States and cerntral plains areas. The Hackberry Emperor can often be found in woodlands, city parks and gardens.

Wing spread: 1.5" - 2.5"

Host Plants: Hackberries

Hackberry Emperor Butterfly Life Cycle Stages and Times

Stage Typical Duration
Egg stage 3 to 9 days
Caterpillar (larval) stage 4 to 6 weeks
Chrysalis (pupal) stage 7 to 10 days
Adult butterfly stage 6 to 14 days


Hackberry Emperor Butterfly
Hackberry Emperor Butterfly