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Long-Tailed Skipper

Urbanus proteus

Description:

Dark brown main color, with body and wing bases of iridescent teal bluish green. Long tails on the wings, and spots on the uppers.

Habitat:

Spotted resting on a sassafras sapling tree branch in a overgrown flower bed. It has been unseasonable warm this Spring and Early Summer here in Ohio...perhaps leading to them migrating farther North.

Notes:

When this glorious creature flitted past me while photographing hummingbird moths, I had suspected to see a Silver-spotted skipper when I looked up. I was not prepared for this spotting. After picking up my jaw for what seemed like a lifetime, I realized I hadn't photographed it. It is surprising the photo turned out at all, as I was literally shaking with excitement. I may never see this species here again, they rarely visit my northern state of Ohio.

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Brian38
Brian38 6 days ago

Long tailed skippers are so unique! Great spotting and pics Melinda! Hope you see more of them in the future.

Ohio, USA

Lat: 38.95, Long: -83.76

Spotted on Jun 30, 2018
Submitted on Jul 12, 2018

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