Sunday, September 22, 2013

Warming in the Morning Sun

This is an Empress Leilia or Asterocampa leilia. The males perch most of the day to watch for females which is probably the reason why I could get a clear photograph. Its eggs are laid in groups of 10-15 on the top of host plant leaves. The third-stage caterpillars hibernate and it is found all year in South Texas, and from April to November in Arizona.

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