A Snout Butterfly

The picture window by my computer offers a good view of this huge hackberry tree.

IMG_1971

Hackberry trees are one of the host plants for the caterpillar of the snout butterfly.

IMG_3403

Their name “snout” refers to the elongated mouth parts (labial palpi).

IMG_3402

They lay their eggs singly in hackberry trees (Celtis sp.). The adults also visit flowers, mud puddles and other moist areas. The one above was nectaring on catmint (Nepeta sp.) in the garden.

Advertisements

5 responses to this post.

  1. I would love to look out on a tree of that size, lucky you.

    Reply

  2. My wife been looking for one all summer without much success.

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: