Wednesday, June 20, 2007

American Snout Butterfly

American Snout Butterfly (Libytheana carinenta)

A little tattered but still flying.

When this butterfly has a chance to get itself completely settled in on a branch the more colorful inner wings are hidden. With only the outer wings showing, it resembles a dead leaf. The snout is also meant to help in this disguise.

Adult food: Nectar from flowers of aster, dogbane, dogwood, goldenrod, sweet pepperbush, and others.

Caterpillar hosts: Several species of hackberry.

Source: Butterflies and Moths of North America