The American Snout is a unique-looking butterfly. It has elongated mouth-parts that give the appearance of a long snout. It is the only snout species in North America. The America Snout has been known to migrate northwards from Texas when the southern populations become overcrowded. Sometimes these migrations can appear to be dark clouds in the sky. This is a lovely butterfly to welcome into your gardens and enjoy around your home.


American Snout” by John Flannery, licensed under (CC BY-ND 2.0)


American Snout Facts

Butterfly Family: Brush-footed Butterflies (Nymphalidae)

Butterfly Subfamily: Libytheinae

Butterfly Wingspan: 1 3/8 – 2 inches

Butterfly Habitat: Forest clearings and edges, thorn scrub, brushy fields,  and roadsides


American Snout Host and Nectar Plants

Host Plants:

  • Common Hackberry
  • Sugarberry

Nectar Plants:

  • Asters
  • Sweet Pepperbush
  • Dogbane
  • Flowering Dogwood
  • Goldenrod