You don't have to travel to find interesting insects, especially if you have native plants in your yard. Barb's pollinator plantings paid off for me by attracting this American Snout butterfly which was showing off his Jimmy Durante nose-like snout. In Jimmy's case, it was commonly referred to as a large nose or proboscis.
|Just a flash of orange but bright in flight - REK|
|Goatweed Leafwing - Lois Stacey CC|
While not terribly common, you are likely to see Snouts when they land on you, presumably to collect sweat from your skin. The pointed snout is threatening at first glance and is totally harmless. It is actually a pair of greatly enlarged palpi which are scent detectors (olfactory), essentially a butterfly nose. While they don't inhale (like Bill Clinton?) they are well positioned to detect food resources or the pheromones of females.
|Coiled proboscis - M.J. Raupp|
Butterflies also have sensory detectors on their antennae, thorax, abdomen and legs. These likely are used to detect food such as nectar as well as urine, feces, rotting fruit and dead animals. No one has accused butterflies of having "good taste" as we know it.
* An explanation of butterfly anatomy is at Learnaboutbutterflies.com/Anatomy