Subject: Possibly an American Snout Butterfly
Location: Coryell County, central Texas
January 21, 2013 1:22 am
Hello, many butterflies were visiting these plants’ tiny white flowers in the dry creek bed behind our house today. So far no luck identifying the plants; we had a glorious three inches of rain last week, and now with some warm afternoons the wildflowers are trying to get a head start on spring. I think this butterfly might be an American Snout. Thanks for any information!
Your identification of the American Snout, Libytheana carinenta, is correct. According to Jeffrey Glassberg in his marvelous book Butterflies Through Binoculars The West: “Sometimes swarming in the millions (in the Rio Grande Valley), this is the chameleon of the butterfly world. When you are searching for a special butterfly, American Snouts will magically assume the appearance of that butterfly, or perhaps it’s vice versa.” We want to commend you on getting a photo with a partial view of the dorsal wing surface. We know how uncooperative some butterflies can be when there is a camera involved.