11-13-05. Falcon Heights, TX. ©Berry Nall or as stated

Empress Leilia is usually the least abundant of the three Asterocampa species that are commonly found in Starr county. However, it was often the only emperor seen during the very hot, dry, summer of 2009.

Like the other Emperors mentioned below, it is easily attracted by rotten fruit and similar bait.

Compare to:
Hackberry Emperor
Tawny Emperor

Caterpillar comparison of the three common Asterocampa species found in Starr County.

Life History of Empress Leilia

Host plants recorded
in Texas' lower Rio Grande Valley:

  • Spiny Hackberry, Celtis ehrenbergiana
Sightings by Month
 
 
#
 
Y
e
a
r
s
 
4
3
2
1
0
(in Starr Co, 4 yrs of data)
  • 1
  • 1
  • *
  • *
  • 2
  • *
  • *
  • *
  • *
  • *
  • 1
  • *
 
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Month
Per month: 
1 seen
 
2 seen
 
>2 seen

Explanation of sightings data

Click thumbnails to view in frame to right. Pictures with the same date are different views of the same individual unless specified otherwise.