Friday, July 18, 2014

American Snout

As I prepare this post (Thurs, 7/17) we had a record low temperature this morning of 62ºF (17C) which broke the record of 64ºF in 1967. The day before I was able to get out with my camera and not hate every second. I still sweated, but wasn't drenched. A first for me for the middle of July.

The American Snout or Common Snout Butterfly is found in both North and South America. Their elongated mouthparts along with their antennae give the appearance of the stem of a dead leaf. This is a brilliant form of camouflage from predators. But that didn't stop one feisty bee from attacking this one every so often.

If anyone knows what type of flower this is I would be most appreciative. The smell was perfume-y and heavenly.



Earrrrrly Saturday morning a friend and I are planning to see a Wood Stork event hosted by the Audubon Society. Right now the weather calls for rain, so if anyone is doing a rain dance within a hundred miles of here, please stop. :)

Enjoy your weekend. Hope I can return next week with some Wood Stork photos!

Thank you for hosting, Eileen & Misty!

56 comments:

Optimistic Existentialist said...

That is a very beautiful butterfly. It's been unseasonably cool here as well Gail. It's been nice - reminds me of fall :)

Jacquelineand.... said...

What an unusual-looking butterfly...and a kamikaze bee! Hope the rain holds off for you on Saturday.

Anvilcloud said...

Yesterday, or maybe the day before, we came very close to breaking our 'coldest for that day' record. I think the record was 9°C and we hit a low of 10°C. Starting today, temperatures will return to normal in the high 20s.

Beth of "E." Lizard Breath Speaks said...

fingers crossed that you will have no rain for that fun sounding adventure. gorgeous blooms. love the last shot. neat-o!! have a great weekend. ( :

Barb Brookbank said...

What an amazing creature! I'm always, always amazed at the photos you capture, especially the one with the bee attack - awesome!

TexWisGirl said...

what a neat butterfly! have never seen one! that last shot is awesome!

we had 66 this morning and i was thrilled!

HOOTIN ANNI said...

I have never seen one this close before!!! I'm glad to know that you're cooling down. Now, I expect some great photos from you....like as if your photos AREN'T great any time!!

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

ahhh

so cool :)

eileeninmd said...

Awesome captures of the butterfly, it is new to me.. I am keeping my fingers crossed, no rain for you and your outing.. Happy Friday!

orchid Miyako said...

What an amazing butterfly and unique looking bee with GORGEOUS pink flower♡♡♡
Never seen a flower like that♬♬♬

My fingers are crossed for the sunny Saturday for you, Gail♪

Sending you Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend in America, xoxo Miyako*

bailey-road.com said...

Wonderful photos of this unique creature.

nookworm said...

Your photos always pick me up when I feel down. Beautiful! I look forward to seeing the next ones of the wood storks and hope it doesn't rain.

Felicia said...

beautiful images Gail. Sorry even though I love to photograph flowers I have no idea what 80% of them are either.

Have a great weekend.

hootnonny said...

Amazing critter and image, with a snout. "Snout" is one of those words that sounds weird.

Stephanie said...

Wow, I can't believe how low your temperature was yesterday! We have a gentleman coming to our church from Louisiana (he is working here until November) and he mentioned how nice the mountains were, dry and cool. So I said to him that I would love to visit Louisiana sometime and he told me don't go for a visit now because it's terribly hot and humid :) I guess I should have been there yesterday :)

Anyway, beautiful pictures, Gail. I have no idea what kind of flower that is, but find it to be quite beautiful.

Happy weekend and enjoy your early morning on Saturday!

Karen said...

What a cool butterfly! Our temps have been great all week, in the 70's, going back up into the 90's now though :(

Breathtaking said...

A truely amazing sight! I never knew such butterflies exsisted.

The flower is lovey, sorry don't know it's name.

Stay cool, and have a great day tomorrow.

Hilary said...

Our days have been cooler here also.. but warming up (like AC said). Lovely pics, Gail. I hope you've identified the flower by now. It sure is pretty.

cobie en bas van Es said...

dit is gewoon geweldig mooi.

Debbie said...

i LOVE when it rains, i do, i just do!!

i know this post is about the butterfly but i just ADORE that flower!!!!

have an awesome weekend!!!

Barbara said...

I don't know what that flower is, but it's beautiful. In the last photo, the butterfly seems to be saying "uh-oh!" at the approach of the fly. lol

June Caedmon said...

I guess that bee wasn't in the sharing mood :) Great captures, as always, Gail! Enjoy the cooler weather. It's cool and rainy here today - a nice change for us in South Texas. We were just in Galveston for a few days. Got some fun shots that I'll be sharing soon. Hope the weather holds for you tomorrow. Have fun!

Petra Pavlátková said...

The butterfly does look like a dead leaf. When I opened this post of yours, first I was actually trying to figure out what I was looking at. Great camouflage! And I like its eyes, they look interesting...

Enjoy the event, whatever the weather is! :)

Tammy@Simple Southern Happiness said...

We too had some awesome weather, too bad its going to get hotter again. FUN while it lasted.

I am blown away at what you have there to photograph, I have never seen this creature so thank you for capturing its rare beauty and sharing.

Have a blessed weekend and pray the weather will be good to you both.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

It does have quite a snout. Cool pictures.

Yes, it has been much milder here too. Quite a treat in July.

Sally said...

Gorgeous photo's, Gail. The flower is beautiful also.

I sure hope it doesn't rain for your outing today. And, here? Hot!!

xoxo

Jeanne said...

It is cool. It was in the 50's at night a few days ago. I think it was a record. I don't know the name of that flower but it sure is beautiful.

Frank said...

FABulous images Gail of a new butterfly for me.

Hot and very humid over here and waiting for our 2nd night of electrical storms!

Hope you have a great encounter with the Wood Storks.

Viera said...

The butterfly is amazing... But the flower is beautiful too... Great photos...

Pantherka said...

The butterfly looks beautiful. Your photos are wonderful.
I wish you a nice weekend.

Brian King said...

Really nice shots! I've never seen one of those and it would be very well camouflaged on the right plant or tree.

Michelle said...

Great shots and I love the last one with the bee flying in!

DeniseinVA said...

Spectacular photos Gail and I'm rain-dancing for you :)

Shug said...

Hoping NO rain shows up down your way. I wait with great expectation of the photos that you will post from this event. I'm just not sure about this flower, but isn't it beautiful? Can you believe that the pestering bee was creating such stress for this precious butterfly? Just nature I suppose.

Spare Parts and Pics said...

That really is brilliant camouflage! And great photos!

Kerry said...

Nice to have a bit of a cool snap in July, right? That flower is new to me, and the butterfly, too.

I love the photo-bombing bee in the last pic.

Linda said...

Excellent pictures! Love the last one!

maryaustria said...

Fascinating and beautiful! Great shots!

rainfield61 said...

Maybe the butterfly knows the answer.

EG CameraGirl said...

The Common Snout Butterfly is sooooo interesting looking. I have never heard of it before.

eileeninmd said...

Gail, I left my regular comment above just wanted to say thanks for linking up.. Happy weekend to you!

Adam Jones said...

An interesting butterfly that I've not come across before. Great pictures.

Gunilla Bäck said...

Wonderful shots of this butterfly!

Balisha said...

Maybe a Veronica Fairytale.

Wally Jones said...

What a great butterfly! I have yet to see one.
No idea on your flower. Is it a wild flower?

Good luck with the Wood Storks!

Gemma Wiseman said...

Such a very pretty flower. And the contrasting tones of the butterfly seem embossed on it. Gorgeous photos.

LC said...

Butterfly was new to me. Still hoping someone IDs the flower, too. Wr enjoyed the berief cool spell, too.

Irma said...

Beautiful series of photographs of the butterfly, Gail.
I love the last one, with the flying insect.

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Thanks for the butterfly ID, Gail, but can't help with the flower ID nd wonder if the bee would have attacked ?

Starla said...

I know I say this every time I visit, but I just LOVE looking at your photos of nature! They just bring me such a peaceful feeling for the time I'm visiting!

beth said...

he's kind of ugly…LOL and we also broke a record for a cold morning/night in the month of july. what is up with mother nature???

Slamdunk said...

Great shots Gail. The snout sure makes that butterfly unique.

And 62 degrees? Wow, you all must have thought you were on an episode of the Twilight Zone or something.

Anita Johnson said...

I've never seen anything like it!

Roan said...

I've never seen one of these. The flower is beautiful, but I've never seen it before either. The last shot is amazing!

ladyfi said...

Wonderful shots - and brilliant timing with that last one.

Margaret Adamson said...

Great timing to get that last shot. Lovely butterfly.