American Snout (Libytheana carinenta) in Central Park, New York City.

2004 was a good year for American Snout throughout the Northeast. For a few days at Strawberry Fields, there were at least a half dozen of these strange-looking butterfllies nectaring on the fragrant Sweet Pepperbush that ring the lawns. I managed to photograph a few including a male courting a female. He would chase then perch in front of her while rapidly fluttering his wings. I also found one Snout that had met his fate in the grasp of a crab spider. Click images for larger pictures.