Finally, Fritillary? Regina Geoghan took this shot earlier this week at DeKorte Park. Our gut instinct was a fritillary. Any suggestions? (Thanks, Regina!)
Looks like a Hackberry Emperor
Thanks Steve for the ID. I checked my butterfly book and while the colors are slightly different, the markings appear to match your ID. I’ve never seen one before or heard of them. Regina
I see them each year out at the Water Gap, High Point or the Appalachian Trail. Seems kind of unusual to see one in the Meadowlands since they are typically forest dwellers.
There are a small stand of Hackberry trees at DeKorte by the Lyndhurst preserve , Hackberyy is thier host plant
Last year, an American Snout was also seen in the area of that stand of trees. Hackberry is their host plant too.