I walked outside this afternoon to chat with my hubby, who was spreading a couple bags of mulch, and noticed this butterfly hovering around the Cone Flowers.
As I zoomed in to get a closer shot, I noticed that it kept poking at the flower with what looked like an antennae of sorts.
Once I was finished taking pictures (since my butterfly knowledge is minimal) I googled the question, “Do butterflies have tongues?” and learned that these beautiful creatures sip nectar through a straw-like structure called a proboscis. When they are not drinking, they coil it up, like in the picture below.
I thought perhaps this visitor was actually a moth, since it seemed so fuzzy, so I turned, once again, to the ever-resourceful google. Apparently, its club-like antennae identify it as a butterfly.
When it came to identifying it, google was less helpful; but hey, two out of three ain’t bad. I’m wondering if it is an American Snout Butterfly. Anyone know for sure?
He stuck around for quite awhile, and then flew off to visit my neighbor’s flowers.