American Snout Butterfly, Libytheana carinenta
Nymphalidae or Brushfoot Butterfly Family

Adult

Wing undersides a mottled brown, resembling a dead leaf. Upper sides bright orange, black rimmed and striped, with white spots at forewing tip. Lips extended into a long "snout". Sits on twigs with wings folded and antennae and snout held forward to resemble a leaf stalk, thus imitating a dead leaf. Caterpillar green with many white spots, feeds on hackberry.

Native from Argentina north to the sourthern United States. Adults often migrate in large numbers. Prefers woodland edges.

In flight easily confused with the many other orange mrarked butterflies out there. At rest easily confused with a dead leaf. If observed closeup, however, the long snout will provide identification.

     

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