Asterocampa celtis celtis
Photo Life History: Asterocampa celtis celtis
Host Plants: Celtis occidentalis
Suitable Lab Host Plants: Celtis reticulata; Many species of Celtis work well in the lab.
How to Find Female Butterflies: Click here.
Caring for Live Female Butterflies: Nectaring techniques
How to Find Eggs: Look on Host Plants with New Growth.
How to Hatch Eggs: Consolidate eggs into one container.
How to Find Pupae in the Field: Larvae will pupate on leaves; but camouflage themselves well.
Number of Broods per Year: 2-3
Overwintering Stage: Third instar
Post-Hibernation Strategies: Provide post-diapause third instar larvae with healthy host plant; allowing them to resume feeding.
Disease Prevention: Change out host plant and remove frass every four to five days in an open bucket or open terrarium setup.
Emergence: Emergence Container
Field Notes: Steve Spomer notes that, because the butterfly can be so common in the midwest, it is not too difficult to locate larvae; especially in the fall.