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Long-tailed skipper

Urbanus proteus

Description:

approx. 1 3/4 inches long, wing span 2 inches

Habitat:

spotted sunning on ruella in residential garden


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8 Comments

Ajit
Ajit 2 years ago

Wonderful

auntnance123
auntnance123 2 years ago

I have this spotting from a year ago of a a long-tail feeding and thought I was lucky to capture it's color (which is a real contrast to the flower).
http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/628...

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 2 years ago

Nance Wiki link says this butterfly do not close its wings mostly during rest position.

auntnance123
auntnance123 2 years ago

That's interesting, Ashish. I haven't often seen them 'unfoled' like this except in the early morning when they are sunning (as this one was).

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 2 years ago

they mimic with shrub leafs

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 2 years ago

can not mimic to swallowtail... size is smaller to swallowtails...

auntnance123
auntnance123 2 years ago

@ctsetan, I suppose that's possible; I haven't read anything pro or con on the subject. I'm also unsure if this is the only skipper with "tails".

chimetsetan
chimetsetan 2 years ago

is this moth mimicking pappilionidae butterflies ??? swallowtails?

Florida, USA

Lat: 28.43, Long: -80.76

Spotted on Sep 8, 2011
Submitted on Sep 8, 2011

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