Species Page: Snout Butterfly (Libytheana carinenta)

Snout Butterfly

Libytheana carinenta (Cramer, 1777)

Family: Nymphalidae

Status: Uncommon breeding stray

NENHP Rank: Not listed

Range: The American Snout is a permanent resident from Argentina to the southern United States. From there it sporadically strays north, almost to the Canadian border, statewide in Nebraska.

Larval Hostplant(s): Hackberry trees (Celtis sp).

Broods/Flight Times: Arriving as early as mid-May but more common later in the summer.

Overwintering: As adults into the southern United States, likely not in our area.

Habitat: They might be found anywhere but have an affinity for Hackberry trees (their larval hostplants).

Avg. Wingspan:  1 3/8 – 2 inches

Found at:

Similar Species: None.

Notes: Numbers vary greatly from year to year.