Subject: First Ever American Snout Butterfly
Location: Belle Isle, MI
July 8, 2012 8:05 pm
Hello Bugman: Had to share today’s photos of an American Snout Butterfly. NEVER saw one before, but recognized it from our butterfly field guide book. My son found this ”weird looking” butterfly in a flower garden and asked me to take a look at it. Luckily, I had my camera with me and was able to get several nice shots before it fluttered away. I read where they migrate up from TX, when their numbers get large. It’s been incredibly hot(and ”Texas-like”) in MI lately too. Maybe that explains why in 22 years, I’ve never seen a Snout here before?
Signature: Chris O.
Your first sighting of an American Snout and the good fortune of having a camera is to our advantage as well. Your photos are wonderful and they show the shape and coloration of this distinctive butterfly much better than the only other example we have in our archives of an American Snout, Libytheana carinenta. According to BugGuide, it is the “Only snout butterfly that occurs regularly north of Mexico ” which makes it unmistakable.