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A Snout Butterfly

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A snout butterfly (Libytheana carinenta) flew into my butterfly garden and landed near me.

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It’s obvious it got its name from the long labial palps (mouth parts on either side of its proboscis).

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It looks like it’s been a while since the ragged butterfly emerged.

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They have a 1 3/8 to 2 inch wingspan and lay their eggs in hackberry trees (several grow in our yard.)

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 It flew away to I don’t know where.

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A Snout Butterfly

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

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

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

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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.

Yard Miscellany

Back in early May when the doctor told me I was in early Alzheimer’s she didn’t tell me about the side effects of it. Side effects like nausea, dizziness, bad taste in my mouth, lack of appetite and forgetting a word now and then. I was frustrated this morning and decided to go on a loop walk of the backyard to see what I could find before it got to hot.

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A small bug on a hosta bud

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and a shed cicada skin.

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A snout butterfly’s long “snout” is actually the long labial mouth parts on both sides of its proboscis.

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The amberwing dragonfly apparently couldn’t get out of the spiderweb.

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Immature milkweed bugs stayed together on a lily leaf.

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This undoubtedly is the cutest little grasshopper I’ve ever seen.

Needless to say, I’ll be glad when the weather cools and I can be outside more.