The long 'tail's on the tips of each forewing helped name this butterfly. Most of the forewings are brown with white spots becoming more blue-green toward the base of the body.
The caterpillar feeds on pea plants and beans, rolling the leaves.
This skipper can be found in gardens, meadows, fields and near water. They are active all year, but most visible in summer.
Category: Butterfly or Moth
Common name: Long-tailed Skipper
Scientific Name: Urbanus proteus
Adult Size (Length): 38mm to 59mm (1.50in to 2.32in) [ COMPARE ]
Identifying Colors: brown; blue; tan; white; black
General Description: iridescent
North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Texas, Louisiana, New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island
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