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Long-Tailed Skipper

Urbanus proteus


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


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.


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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SarahWhitt 6 months ago

WOW!! What a BEAUTY!! :)

Brian38 7 months 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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