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Hackberry emperors? - Asterocampa celtis

Hackberry emperors? - Asterocampa celtis
Chicago, Hyde Park neighborhood, public garden, Cook County, Illinois, USA
August 11, 2018
I thought this was a hackberry emperor, but now I've seen photos of the tawny emperor and am not sure. There's a video of a hackberry emperor that landed on me 8/20/18 and was apparently getting a sodium boost. They looked similar but not quite the same, but I know color can be unreliable.
Both photo and video are from a public garden where a few butterfly bushes and other flowers attract monarchs, swallowtails, purples, and Hemaris moths.

Moved to Asterocampa celtis
Moved from ID Request.

This looks like a Hackberry Emperor. It is at the pale extremity of the species' colour range, but it has only one solid dark bar on the leading edge of the forewing (the other bar is broken into 2 spots), an it has an eye on the submargin of the forewing, as well.

Thanks for answering. I took
Thanks for answering. I took a photo of another one in the same area that has two solid dark bars but the eye on the submargin. It's a much darker one (although lighting may have something to do with that). Wikipedia and others say it's rare to see a hackberry emperor on flowers, but I do see them on these butterfly bushes pretty often when I'm there.

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