Wildlife Wednesdays: American Snout Butterfly

We got a pool this summer and it's right next to my butterfly garden, so I haven't been able to resist taking pictures of all those winged beauties. This picture, however, shows things the other way around; this American snout can't resist the water on the edge of our pool.

You can see this American snout taking a "sip" of water with its proboscis.

The "snout" on the front of the butterfly's head is really lengthened mouthparts. The snout is part of the butterfly's camouflage; with its wings upright, the butterfly looks like a dead leaf and the long mouthparts resemble the leaf's stem.

Notice how much this American snout resembles a dead leaf.

The American snout is found wherever its larval host hackberry grows. This is the only butterfly species originally described from Ohio; Cleveland naturalist, Jared P. Kirkland, described it in 1852. Some naturalists feel the American snout migrates to Ohio each summer and is not a breeding resident. But the Ohio Department of Natural Resources feels that it does breed in the state but is only able to survive mild winters. Either way, this unusual-looking butterfly was quite a treat!

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