Snout Butterfly along the Dan River

Snout Butterfly
By William T. Hathaway

As a butterfly collector, I have always kept the Snout Butterfly on my rare species list. Knowing that caterpillars feed on hackberry trees, I may have searched the wrong sites or in summer seasons a bit early for the adults to have been “on-the-wing.”

One sunny day back in August 1978 I came across a moist sandy spot along the edges of the Dan River. Unexpectedly, there before me was a large gathering of Snout Butterflies; they took off as I approached.

Experienced entomologists write that Snout Butterflies often migrate in large numbers in states from North Carolina south. It is interesting that my butterfly site along the Dan River in Virginia is close to the North Carolina state line.

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