Saturday, July 28, 2007

The Tawny Emperor

Yesterday afternoon, when I returned from work, I was sort of chilling in my bedroom and I looked out the window and noticed a brown butterfly clinging to the screen. I really don't know butterflies very well, so I sort of brushed it off and didn't look at it much further. After my lunch coma ended, I went outside to the Olentangy and stopped and shot a few pictures of the butterfly. Unfortunately, I didn't get any shots of this creature with its wings open. Well, what was I going to do to identify this guy? I turned to, which came through again. This butterfly is the tawny emperor, Asterocampa clyton. Thanks to Mo Whalen for the identification. After a little more research, it turns out that this butterfly's host plant is hackberry, Celtis occidentalis, which is common in Kenney Park along the Olentangy River.

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