Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Hackberry Emperor

A Hackberry Emperor was nectaring
in the Chinese Lilac Tree.

My husband saw him nestled in the blooms.

The Hackberry Emperor is a medium sized butterfly
measuring about 2 inches across.

I have only seen the Hackberry Emperor a couple of times.

I am glad I saw him today.

20 comments:

Wendy said...

What a lovely pic. I've never even heard of a hackberry emperor butterfly. I wonder if we have any in Canada? Will have to check it out.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Our lilac tree is blooming now too. The Hackberry is the most gregarious butterfly I know of. They land on us often when we are out birding. I have several pictures of them nectaring on me. ha..

Jayne said...

He looks like he was really enjoying that lilac... just beautiful!

Aluajala said...

Beautiful! So many flowers - they look like a carpet made for butterflies to have some food and rest. They look so soft and comfy.
The butterflies are amazing too. I've never seen this kind before.

Rose said...

These photos are just gorgeous, Sherry! I love coming here to look at all the butterflies. I've never heard of a hackberry emperor, though.

Catching up on my reading today, I was curious about your chamomile. I've never seen anyone grow it and harvest it. How do you harvest it? I often drink chamomile tea; is this how you use yours?

ICQB said...

Hi q,

Your Q's corner blog is absolutely wonderful, thanks for pointing me in this direction.

You may already know about the Birdchick blog, if not you might like taking a look at it, there's a link to it under the "Links that are fun and interesting" sidebar on my blog. She posts about birding and beekeeping. It's lots of fun.

Cheryl said...

Beautiful butterly on a lovely bloom....stunning phots again Sherry.

Q said...

Dear Wendy,
I was very pleased with the way these photos came out.
My range map does not show them in Canada but my map could easily be wrong.
Hope you get to see them in person one of these days. Very pretty buttterfly.
Sherry

Q said...

Dear Lisa,
These trees are so fragrant! My husband was riding his bike and he could smell the tree down the strret from our house. I cut one bloom for the dining room table and my entire house is filled with the sweet, pleasant, scent of Lilac. I have never had one land on me! I read that when the butterflies do that they are seeking salt. Many of the fruit butterflies seem to be social. I have fruit set out but no butterflies yet on any!
Butterfly wings,
Sherry

Q said...

Dear Jayne,
I love the birds AND the bugs!
Summertime and th eliving is easy....
Sherry

Q said...

Dear Aluajala,
The blooms are huge and are hundreds of ting blooms put together like a lilac bush. Very fragrant too.
I seldom see the Hackberry. I love all the eye spots on the underwings!
Sherry

Q said...

Dear Rose,
Thank you.
Yes, I dry the blooms for tea. Easy to do. I pick just the blooms, the small flowers, and dry them in a basket on my counter. Once all dry I store in a glass cannister. I can use the dried blooms for teas ( A small about of dried flowers in a tea ball) or for hair rince.
Do try growing as it is such an easy to care for herb. I grow Roman Camomile. It is a perennial in my zone 6.
Hope that helps.
If you have any more questions I would be very happy to answer.
Sherry

Q said...

Dear Icqb,
Thanks! I thought you might enjoy Corner as well as Walking In Beauty. I do a slide show on Fridays too.
Birdchick is a very fun blog. I had not visited for a very long time. I did pop over and I enjoyed her post. I too need to take "Bee Moments"...very funny. Thanks for reminding me of how much I enjoy her.
Sherry

Q said...

Dear Cheryl,
Thank you. I stood with my camera, which weighs 10 pounds, arms extended as far as I could reach and zoomed out as far as I could go for over twenty minutes taking pictures. My arms ached when I finally put them down. Being a photgrapher is hard work! LOL
I love it when the pictures turn out. I really like this series.
Glad you do too. Worth the work.
Sherry

mon@rch said...

Never seen this species before! Stunning photos!

Q said...

Dear Tom,
According to my records I see one every spring!
I laughed when I saw him.
I think they are handsome butterflies with all the eye spots.
Sherry

Marvin said...

I am glad y'all saw this beautiful butterfly and shared these photos. We should have Hackberry Emperors but I've never seen one -- at least, I haven't seen one well enough to get an ID. I reckon I'll just have to keep watching butterflies. Such a chore! :-)

Q said...

Hi Marvin,
My butterfly book does have them in your area. I bet you will see one now that you are "looking" for them. I have seen one every spring for the last five years, just one sighting! I also think my job is to watch for bees, birds and butterflies! It is the best of jibs.
Sherry

Marvin said...

Hello, Sherry, it's me again. I photographed a Hackberry Emperor today. As I suspected, I have seen the butterfly but have never taken the time to pin down the ID. Thank you so much for providing the inspiration to truly observe this beautiful creature.

Q said...

Hey Marvin,
So glad you were able to get some pictures of the Hackberry.
I find them very beautiful. I like the pattern of the eye spots.
Sherry