American Snout

The American Snout is a somewhat uncommon butterfly in most years. Their numbers fluctuate from year to year, and we sometimes get large invasions from the south. American Snouts are thought to be visitors to Ohio (although some researchers think they might be able to survive mild winters in southern Ohio). I have seen them every month from May through November. 

This individual is pretending to be just another dead leaf. Pretty good camouflage.

American Snouts prefer watery habitat near ponds and wetlands (although like most migratory butterflies, they could turn up anywhere). The individual at left was photographed along the boardwalk at Siebenthaler Fen. 

Some individuals show a dark, triangular mark on the hindwing, but this feature is variable. 

This friendly little American Snout landed on my finger while I was hiking at Morris Reserve near Bellbrook. This individual lacks the dark triangular marking of the butterfly above, but the long palps and wing shape make its identity unmistakeable. 

American Snout butterflies love their flower nectar!   This guy was keeping an eye on me while nectaring on flowering mint at Cox Arboretum.