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Dorantes longtail

Urbanus dorantes


Mostly brown with a long narrow tails and a checkered fringe on the wings. The forewings have large bright yellowish-white markings that help differentiate it from other long-tailed skippers. The underside of hindwings have dark blotches and there is a pinkish sheen - I believe this is where it gets it's other common name: lilac-banded longtail. The wingspan is 37–51 mm.


Spotted nectaring on lantana at the National Butterfly Center in Mission, Texas.

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Mission, Texas, United States

Spotted on Nov 10, 2020
Submitted on Dec 19, 2020

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