|Snout Butterfly (Libytheana carinenta)|
DESCRIPTION: Previously L. bachmanii. WS=1.4-1.8" (35-46 mm). Distinctive "snout" (labial palps) and squared-off forewing tips. Upper surface forewing has white spots in apical third and orange patches in base. Under surface of hindwing is uniformly gray or mottled, blending into twigs upon which it lands (often hanging upside down -- the wings look like a leaf with the "snout" looking like the leaf petiole).
NATURAL HISTORY: Adults fly mostly in late summer and fall, but may be seen all year. Adults migrate, occasionally in huge numbers. Richard Bailowitz and James Brock state in their book, Butterflies of Southeastern Arizona, that these butterflies are "one of the most abundant, conspicuous, and in some ways annoying species [e.g., clogged radiators] in the state..." Larvae feed on hackberry.
last updated August 10, 2001