Long-Tailed Skipper (Urbanus proteus)
Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Long-Tailed Skipper.
Updated: 9/11/2017; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
The Long-Tailed Skipper loves the east coast, but has occasionally popped up on the west coast.
The long 'tail's on the tips of each of Long-Tailed Skipper's forewings helped name this butterfly. It is the most prevalent tailed skipper. These handy indicators can easily wear off as the butterfly flutters through life, making it possible to misidentify it in that case. Most of its forewings are brown with white spots. The dorsal ('back') hairs are a lovely shade of blue-green.
The caterpillar feeds heavily on pea plants and beans, becoming a nuisance to crop farmers. They roll the leaves as they chew through a plant.
This skipper can be found in gardens, meadows, fields and near water in the Southeast, venturing north during warmer months. They are active all year, but most visible in summer. They are capable of producing many generations in one year.