I've had a lot of people ask me to identify photos of this critter lately, so I thought it would make a good Bug of the Week challenge. Do you know what species this is? Leave your answer in a comment by next Tuesday.
Moni and Jeff correctly identified the American snout butterfly, Libytheana carinenta. The "snout" is actually a pair of elongated palps. The American snout butterfly will perch on a branch and pose as a dead leaf. It extends its antennae and palps to resemble the leaf petiole. Pretty clever!
Photo: Steven Katovich, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org