Saturday, October 4, 2008

Curious Looking Visitor

This most curious looking butterfly is an American Snout Libytheana carineta. We always enjoy seeing this butterfly with the long snout. It is around most of the summer but is more evident during July and August in our area.
Quoting from The Butterflies of Indiana by Ernest M Shull "The long, beaklike palpi clearly distinguish this species. In the Old World members of this genus are called Beaks instead of Snout Butterflies". And we can clearly see why.
This is the only Snout that is in the US. I read this someplace many years ago. Their larval plant is Hackberry. So if you have a Hackberry tree in or near your garden you will be sure to find this curious looking Snout and its larva.
Ooops, there it goes. I hope you enjoyed this visit of the American Snout butterfly as much as we did.You should be able to click on the pictures to enlarge them to get a bugs eye view of this wonderful bug. All of these pictures were taken by my Dearly Beloved. Thank you Dear.

22 comments:

  1. Oh wow, I have never seen one like this. So interesting.

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  2. Holy cow, what an interesting butterfly Lisa! Thanks for sharing him with us. :c)

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  3. Good capture LIsa! I love this snout nosed guy/gal! Gail

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  4. Lisa, I looked this up in my new book to find that yes we would have them here in Illinois too. I will have to look more closely in the gardens to see if I can find one. They look a lot like the Painted ladies at first glance and maybe I have been seeing them but not noticing their snout. Thanks for sharing and tell DB he did a wonderful photo shoot of it.

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  5. I have painted ladies that look similar, but I've not seen one of these.

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  6. Dear Lisa,
    Your husband did an excellent job getting pictures of the Snout.
    I think they are charming butterflies.
    I love seeing the snout in flight.
    Nice picture.
    Sherry

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  7. Lisa, Thank you for posting those great photos. I've Never seen a Snout butterfly before. What a treat!! :-) (I really did think I was, at first, seeing a Painted Lady.)

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  8. Wow Lisa thanks for sharing this beautiful insect.........how unusual......tell DB that last shot is fabulous.....

    A wonderful post....tku both.....

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  9. Hi again Lisa :-)

    Wonderful photos from your garden! I too have never seen the snout butterfly. This is what I enjoy about garden blogs, as you agree, we can see wildlife and plants you would never seen otherwise. Great photos of this butterfly - thanks so much for sharing them :-D

    Enjoy the rest of your weekend :-D

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  10. Hi Lisa, this guy looks like a cross between a butterfly and an anteater! I've never seen one before. Excellent photos!

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  11. we see so few butterflies here in london, this one is gorgeous.

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  12. Interesting, Lisa! I wonder if I've seen one of these and didn't know what it was. I do have a hackberry tree, so I'll have to look for one, if they haven't already left for the season.

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  13. Your dearly beloved just delighted me! I've never seen a snout like that one on a butterfly. I'm glad you had the honor :o)

    Mary

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  14. Your dearly beloved just delighted me! I've never seen a snout like that one on a butterfly. I'm glad you had the honor :o)

    Mary

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  15. How unusual. I've never seen one. Thanks for showing us.
    Marnie

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  16. Wow! And almost as interesting to me is that there is a whole book about just the butterflies in Indiana! Amazing. Thank you so much for posting that, and tell your fella the photos are great.

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  17. Nan's comment was what I was thinking, too, Lisa - it's very cool that you have a whole book full of Butterflies to look for in Indiana.

    If I were a butterfly with this prominent feature, now would I rather be called a Beak or a Snout? One sounds like a bird and the other hints of pig! Guess I'd rather turn my Latin name into a nickname and be a Liby!

    Annie at the Transplantable Rose

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  18. Very cool, Lisa. Such great photos, and I've never noticed that type of butterfly before.~~Dee

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  19. Hi Lisa, thanks for telling us about this flutterby. We are surrounded by hackberries, maybe what I thought were painted ladies are really this guy. The only way for me to tell is to take a picture then blow it up on the computer. Tomorrow!

    Frances
    http://fairegarden.wordpress.com/

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  20. I took a picture of one in our garden earlier in the season, too, but never posted it. They're just weird looking but I like the unusual! Great shots, Lisa!

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  21. Great shots of the American Snout butterfly. I didn't see a single one of them around our place this summer. :-( Thanks to you and your DB for sharing.

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