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Lilac-banded Longtail Skipper - female laying eggs

Urbanus dorantes


Females lay eggs under leaves in small clusters up to 20. Long-tailed skipper caterpillars are considered to be a pest in some areas because the caterpillars feed on & roll themselves in leaves of beans and ornamentals such as Wisteria.


Southeastern U.S. south to Argentina. Strays north to northern California, southern Arizona, southern Missouri, and southern Georgia. Roadsides, overgrown fields, edges of woods, clearings and along trails in hardwood hammocks. Host plants: Legumes including wild and cultivated beans (Phaseolus), beggar's ticks (Desmodium), and blue peas (Clitoria).

1 Species ID Suggestions

bayucca 8 years ago
Dorantes Longtail
Urbanus dorantes dorantes Urbanus dorantes

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Small Wonders
Small Wonders 8 years ago

Thanks Donna!

DonnaBollenbach 8 years ago

Great spot. Nice shots!

Small Wonders
Small Wonders 8 years ago

Thanks bayucca for your keen eye & correction :)

bayucca 8 years ago

Urbanus proteus should have a tiny white bar on the hindwing.

Small Wonders
Small Wonders 8 years ago

Thanks Luis!

LuisStevens 8 years ago

Nice shots!

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Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico

Spotted on Feb 20, 2013
Submitted on Mar 6, 2013

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