Attributes of Urbanus proteus

Long-tailed Skipper
Urbanus proteus (Linnaeus, 1758)

Family: Hesperiidae
Subfamily: Pyrginae
Identification: Tails are long. Upperside is dark blackish brown; body and wing bases are iridescent blue-green. Males have a costal fold enclosing scent scales on the leading edge of the forewing. Dark row on underside of hindwing is a complete band.
Wing Span: 1 3/4 - 2 5/16 inches (4.5 - 6 cm).
Life History: Adults roost upside down under leaves and limbs. To seek females, males perch 3-6 feet above the ground in sunlit openings. Females lay eggs under leaves in clusters of up to 20. Caterpillars feed on leaves and live in shelters of rolled leaves.
Flight: Two to three broods throughout the year in south Florida and South Texas.
Caterpillar Hosts: Vine legumes including various beans (Phaseolus), hog peanuts (Amphicarpa bracteata), beggar's ticks (Desmodium), blue peas (Clitoria), and wisteria (Wisteria).
Adult Food: Flower nectar from a variety of plants including bougainvillea, lantana, and shepherd's needle.
Habitat: Brushy fields, edges of woods, gardens, and other disturbed open habitats.
Range: Argentina north through Central America, the West Indies, and Mexico to peninsular Florida and South Texas. Occasionally strays and colonizes north to Connecticut, southern Illinois, eastern Kansas, southern Arizona, and southern California.
Conservation: Not usually required.
NCGR: G5 - Demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.
Management Needs: Urbanus proteus caterpillars are sometimes pests on snap beans.
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November 08, 2016 npmcwhirter@gmail.com Warren County, Tennessee, United States December 10, 2016 Details
October 13, 2016 Doug Dorer Giles County, Tennessee, United States December 10, 2016 Details
October 01, 2016 Cathy Miller Charleston County, South Carolina, United States November 27, 2016 Details
November 07, 2016 natlmom Lake County, Florida, United States November 10, 2016 Details
November 06, 2016 bc70124 Orleans Parish, Louisiana, United States November 06, 2016 Details
October 30, 2016 Jonathan Clark La Salle Parish, Louisiana, United States October 31, 2016 Details
October 29, 2016 AJ Trently Hardin County, Tennessee, United States October 31, 2016 Details
October 30, 2016 gpstewart Texas, United States, Williamson County October 30, 2016 Details
October 30, 2016 topmarmot Harris County, Texas, United States October 30, 2016 Details
October 28, 2016 xmanblaze McMinn County, Tennessee, United States October 29, 2016 Details
October 21, 2016 jwilkinson Howard County, Maryland, United States October 29, 2016 Details
October 26, 2016 Cozygirl Baldwin County, Alabama, United States October 27, 2016 Details
September 10, 2015 xraygirlld Jefferson County, Alabama, United States October 26, 2016 Details
October 22, 2016 the janitors kid Brevard County, Florida, United States October 25, 2016 Details
October 23, 2016 the janitors kid Brevard County, Florida, United States October 25, 2016 Details
October 19, 2016 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States October 23, 2016 Details
October 18, 2016 mercretas Orange County, Florida, United States October 23, 2016 Details
October 18, 2016 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States October 19, 2016 Details
October 14, 2016 Jeff Trahan Grant Parish, Louisiana, United States October 18, 2016 Details
October 13, 2016 mellielong Collier County, Florida, United States October 17, 2016 Details
October 13, 2016 Dogsledding101 Charleston County, South Carolina, United States October 17, 2016 Details
October 14, 2016 humrbird Texas, Montgomery County, United States October 14, 2016 Details
October 02, 2016 Jeff Trahan Rapides Parish, Louisiana, United States October 04, 2016 Details
October 02, 2016 Martin and Sara Chambers County, Texas, United States October 02, 2016 Details
September 25, 2016 Carolyn Seaton Lancaster County, South Carolina, United States September 25, 2016 Details
September 12, 2016 Sue Allie Lake County, Florida, United States September 24, 2016 Details
September 12, 2016 Sue Allie Lake County, Florida, United States September 24, 2016 Details
September 08, 2016 totonka Escambia County, Florida, United States September 24, 2016 Details
December 11, 2015 geraldswegner Indian River County, Florida, United States September 23, 2016 Details
September 18, 2016 cblazo Franklin County, Pennsylvania, United States September 19, 2016 Details
July 28, 2016 MarkScottsmltd Fannin County, Georgia, United States September 13, 2016 Details
August 25, 2016 StaceyWhetstone Hamblen County, Tennessee, United States August 25, 2016 Details
August 13, 2016 Melinda Fawver Overton County, Tennessee, United States August 15, 2016 Details
August 21, 2014 gpstewart Charleston County, South Carolina, United States July 29, 2016 Details
October 04, 2012 Jeff Thompson Ohio County, Kentucky, United States July 13, 2016 Details
June 19, 2016 scfl47 Indian River County, Florida, United States June 24, 2016 Details
March 02, 2016 Jarchibold Lee County, Florida, United States March 10, 2016 Details
September 01, 2009 Shirley Wilkerson Comanche County, Texas, United States February 16, 2016 Details
November 08, 2015 StaceyWhetstone Knox County, Tennessee, United States February 07, 2016 Details
January 16, 2016 mellielong Orange County, Florida, United States January 29, 2016 Details
December 09, 2015 mellielong Hillsborough County, Florida, United States December 31, 2015 Details
October 16, 2015 ncrosbyrd McIntosh County, Georgia, United States December 23, 2015 Details
August 12, 2015 ncrosbyrd McIntosh County, Georgia, United States December 23, 2015 Details
October 19, 2015 Terry W. Johnson Monroe County, Georgia, United States December 21, 2015 Details
October 14, 2015 fitzclarke@bellsouth.net Chatham County, Georgia, United States December 21, 2015 Details
September 09, 2015 Terry W. Johnson Macon County, Georgia, United States December 15, 2015 Details
November 01, 2013 Business250 Texas, Starr County, United States December 15, 2015 Details
November 17, 2015 mellielong Hillsborough County, Florida, United States December 03, 2015 Details
October 28, 2015 Ken Bosso East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, United States October 29, 2015 Details
October 21, 2015 Pyroteq Brevard County, Florida, United States October 22, 2015 Details