Friday, September 22, 2006

Snout butterfly



It's all anyone ever mentions.

Poor Cyrano of butterflies, with his enormous... panache.



But that eye!

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A very agreeable butterfly:
Easy ID -- the only species with elongated labial palpi (the "snout"). Plus, the two front legs on the male are tiny, while the female's are normal.
Easy to predict mass migration -- long drought + lots of rain = lots of snout butterflies, especially in the southwest.

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Side Notes:

Libytheana bachmanii.

Mass migrations. We drove through one of these in south Texas in 1996.

Photos with wings open.

There is actually a Cyrano Darner.

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More critters at the Friday Ark.

14 comments:

Ericka said...

ooh, cool! i don't think we have those around here, at least i've never seen one. very neat.

if ever i get my film developed (yes, i AM a throwback), i'll share my picts of the little grey tree frog that was too young or stupid to stay outta my way. i love playing with their little suction cup toes!

Hick said...

Looks like an anteater butterfly to me. I have seen anything like that before. Beautiful!

Nannothemis said...

Ah, Cyrano Darner. Here's a photo of its schnoz: http://tinyurl.com/g4ha8

Rainypete said...

Way too cool. All we got in our parts was a massive Monarch migration.

Belle said...

very cool!

Love your blog content.

lené said...

Great looking snout! :)

gawilli said...

The picture of the open wings looks familiar. Very interesting creature.

Floridacracker said...

That is pretty neat. I haven't come across one of these yet.

Rachel said...

I don't recall seeing one like that before!

Pamela said...

Fantastic butterfly! I don't think I've ever seen one--it's not likely I'll see one in my region, but apparently possible (Butterflies of Canada: American Snout).

Rurality said...

Thanks y'all! I think they are pretty cool. I think of Texas every time I see one.

Nannothemis, that is one strange looking darner. Hadn't seen that angle in a pic before. Thanks for sharing!

lisa said...

Thanks for the post-I just love cool bugs!

Anonymous said...

i live in san antonio, and there are millions of these this year (2006). Not so pretty when you have to scrape them off your car.

thingfish23 said...

Why do they call it a snout butterfly?