Subject: Butterfly Invasion
Location: Coryell County, TX
September 15, 2016 7:21 pm
Hello! We’re being invaded by small, fast butterflies in the hundreds, thousands, maybe millions. I think they’re American snout butterflies (“snout-nosed”). You kindly identified one for me a few years ago. I haven’t seen so many butterflies at one time since 1961, when clouds of monarchs in Illinois fled south ahead of a drastic cold front.
These have made the news! http://texasbutterflyranch.com/2016/09/10/invasion-of-snout-nosed-butterflies-returns-to-central-and-south-texas/
Please excuse the poor photography. They sometimes stop to puddle or rest, but aren’t visiting our flowers. The American snouts in our area are all heading toward the E/NE, most are battered and worn. Quite sad, actually. I saw one monarch today, but it was heading south.
Butterfly mania. Best wishes, love your site.
Good Morning Ellen,
These are indeed American Snouts, and when we posted your previous images in 2013, we quoted Butterflies Through Binoculars: The West by Jeffrey Glassberg who wrote: “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.”