Snout butterfly making migration in Texas

by Paul Schattenberg, Texas A&M AgriLife

What may appear to some to be a butterfly invasion in South Central Texas is really just an annual migration of the American snout butterfly, said Molly Keck, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service entomologist for Bexar County.

“Right now these snout butterflies are migrating through the region in huge numbers on their way toward the Rio Grande River area,” Keck said

She said the insect gets its name from the elongated mouthparts called “palps” that extend from the head. Continue reading