New Butterfly!

A new butterfly to put on my species list… Hackberry Emperor!

I was just looking around and I saw something land on the pine tree. I was guessing it was this butterfly then I debunked that id and this went on for about a minute. (A minute is a long time when you are trying to id something just from memory)

It is a great feeling to have when you see a species you haven’t seen or heard of for the first time, especially in their natural habitat.

Hackberry Emperor
Hackberry Emperor | Alice Mary Herden | April 2020

By the time I got out of the car to take more photos, it flew away peacefully into the forest!


Links:

http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/bfly/hackberry_emperor.htm

https://www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/wildflowers/butterfly/hackberry-emperor/

https://www.fnps.org/plants/plant/celtis-occidentalis