They may become so numerous as to darken the sky. Migration of the butterflies is now underway and millions are moving through Corpus Christi. I believe the spiny hackberry was known to us as ( granjeno, a spanish word ) where I was raised in the RGV.The berries were delicious.. Great article, bow. Unlike monarchs, which are also at their peak in the Highland Lakes in October, snout butterflies are not migrating. 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Then a few weeks later in San Antonio, we had a welcome several-inch rain event around the Fourth of July. When driving on Hwy 90 from Uvalde going east My front end was caked with Texas Parks and Wildlife biologist Tony Henehan reported recent heavy populations of snouts in the Rio Grande Valley. Ranchers were flummoxed and didn’t know what was going on.”, executive director of the NBC in Mission. So where are they going? Snout butterflies are back in town. The snouts are opportunists, following their host plant and looking for mates wherever Mother Nature makes them available. Big snout invasions can completely defoliate a hackberry tree, but the tree will recover. And the birds love the spiny cover and the berries as well. I held the Bonsai plant up in the air and it landed back on it. I grew up in San Diego where I would play with butterflies in my backyard. Photo by Drake White. Many locals call the emergence of these butterflies a migration, perhaps because their appearance seems to coincide with the arrival of monarch butterflies in San Antonio. A dry July followed by a wet August reduced the predators and favored the snouts, who can postpone reproductive activities until moisture returns. Sign up for email delivery, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter, @monikam. Subject: Butterfly Invasion Location: Coryell County, TX September 15, 2016 7:21 pm Hello! I quickly placed the plants in the car and gave them a ride back to our porch at Canyon Lake. Green Jays love this plant. Massive migrations of this species often attract attention in the Texas and Mexican newspapers. We have a butterfly garden at the city hall already and I think most of the native plants in it will also work but I just want to double check which ones are the best and milkweeds also. The butterfly got its name from it elonged mouthpiece that looks like a long snout. We have plants in pots and in the ground. I had no idea how special that time was. That likely started the cycle. I estimate about 100 to 1000 are passing by per second (360.000 to 3.6 million per hour!!!). This butterfly is, at least according to some, migrating in search of a mate – an endeavor that will cost countless their lives as their corpses litter the highways and back roads. “They're kind of just flying around,” she said. Snout Nose Butterflies Pass Through San Antonio As Part Of Annual Migration. It looks like a blizzard here in Brackettville! The berries are edible and make a fine jam. American Snout, Snout Nose Butterfly (Libytheana carinenta) by htop Oct 29, 2006 1:34 AM. Right now I am witnessing an incredible snout-nosed butterfly migration/emigration in the immediate vicinity of IH37 South & SE Military Drive. And we also hv hackberries all over our second property along the Brazos River in Austin County near Belleville, Tx. My mistake. And it isn’t uncommon to see these butterflies migrating in large numbers.” Keck said South Central Texas residents can expect to continue seeing the snout migration throughout early fall. The adult butterflies nectar on various flowering plants and live about two weeks. The desert variety seems to have smaller leaves and much larger fruit. Common Name: Snout butterfly Scientific Name: Libytheana bachmanii (Kirtland) (Also called Libytheana carinenta (Cramer) Order: Lepidoptera Description: Snout butterflies have a prominent “snout” formed by elongated mouthparts (labial palpi). Social media was also aflutter with snout sightings. It kills me to hit anything with my car, but I am glad to know that we were in the flight-path of the snout. Inside while asking people about the plants care etc one fellow noticed the two brown snout butterflies on the plant that we had seen after bringing the lighted room. 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