Butterfly #46 — Hackberry Emperor

asterocampa celtis (hackberry)

Tuesday, April 24, 2012 — 2:45 pm

Bond Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, Georgia — Beaver Swamp Trail

My primary objective for visiting Bond Swamp was to see a Swainson’s Warbler, but I wasn’t opposed to seeing other things. Other things weren’t opposed to seeing me either. I had just started down the trail into the swamp when a Hackberry Emperor landed on my right hand.

Butterflies through Binoculars (by Jeffrey Glassberg) says, “When not on hackberry trees, they often alight on people in search of the salts in our perspiration.” It’s craving for salt notwithstanding, it left before I could use my left hand to reach around behind my back and take my camera out of the case that was hanging from my right shoulder, unwind the strap that covered the lens and use my teeth to set to the right setting.

I did, however, get some photos a few hours later when I spotted one on the dirt on Bondview Road.

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