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!
Signature: Ellen

American Snout

Hi Ellen,
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.

American Snout


Location: Texas

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