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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September 11, 2014 krancmm Brazoria County, Texas, United States September 14, 2014 Details
September 12, 2014 krancmm Brazoria County, Texas, United States September 14, 2014 Details
August 11, 2014 patricia silvernail Jackson County, Georgia, United States September 12, 2014 Details
August 16, 2014 vldeloach Cherokee County, Georgia, United States September 12, 2014 Details
June 19, 2014 Teresa Jacobs Dominican Republic September 10, 2014 Details
September 08, 2014 krancmm Brazoria County, Texas, United States September 09, 2014 Details
September 03, 2014 krancmm Brazoria County, Texas, United States September 04, 2014 Details
August 29, 2014 krancmm Brazoria County, Texas, United States August 30, 2014 Details
August 28, 2014 krancmm Brazoria County, Texas, United States August 29, 2014 Details
August 26, 2014 krancmm Brazoria County, Texas, United States August 28, 2014 Details
August 27, 2014 krancmm Brazoria County, Texas, United States August 28, 2014 Details
August 19, 2014 krancmm Brazoria County, Texas, United States August 24, 2014 Details
August 22, 2014 krancmm Brazoria County, Texas, United States August 24, 2014 Details
August 23, 2014 krancmm Brazoria County, Texas, United States August 24, 2014 Details
August 20, 2014 stomlins701 Leon County, Florida, United States August 22, 2014 Details
August 17, 2014 kolsh001 Iberia Parish, Louisiana, United States August 17, 2014 Details
August 16, 2014 Pilgrim Harry Duval County, Florida, United States August 16, 2014 Details
November 26, 2010 abwest St James Parish, Louisiana, United States August 03, 2014 Details
July 30, 2014 cjadestagg Leon County, Florida, United States July 30, 2014 Details
July 21, 2014 krancmm Brazoria County, Texas, United States July 23, 2014 Details
November 09, 2011 LLJohnson Dominican Republic July 10, 2014 Details
July 04, 2014 jjflossem Hernando County, Florida, United States July 10, 2014 Details
July 03, 2014 krancmm Brazoria County, Texas, United States July 03, 2014 Details
September 20, 2012 Chip Krilowicz Burlington County, New Jersey, United States June 22, 2014 Details
December 06, 2013 DebW Mobile County, Alabama, United States May 23, 2014 Details
May 04, 2014 4wildlife Lee County, Florida, United States May 06, 2014 Details
April 26, 2014 xashleyjanelle Polk County, Florida, United States April 26, 2014 Details
November 17, 2013 Lois Stacey Georgia, Screven County, United States April 21, 2014 Details
July 26, 2013 Olivier SWIFT Veracruz-Llave, Mexico March 18, 2014 Details
December 25, 2013 DJHiker Pinar del Rio, Cuba March 02, 2014 Details
July 20, 2013 Ken Cheeks Aiken County, South Carolina, United States February 24, 2014 Details
October 13, 2013 patricia silvernail Jackson County, Georgia, United States February 05, 2014 Details
June 22, 2013 LLJohnson Dominican Republic January 21, 2014 Details
November 02, 2013 eliza5151 Lamar County, Mississippi, United States January 12, 2014 Details
December 16, 2013 plex1ppus Lee County, Florida, United States January 11, 2014 Details
October 20, 2012 wildman Charleston County, South Carolina, United States January 01, 2014 Details
March 14, 1971 stomlins701 Bexar County, Texas, United States December 28, 2013 Details
December 20, 2013 stomlins701 Leon County, Florida, United States December 26, 2013 Details
November 22, 2013 stomlins701 Leon County, Florida, United States November 22, 2013 Details
October 24, 2013 BOGwalker Lafayette County, Florida, United States November 20, 2013 Details
November 10, 2013 stomlins701 Leon County, Florida, United States November 15, 2013 Details
October 13, 2013 stomlins701 Leon County, Florida, United States November 07, 2013 Details
October 31, 2013 stomlins701 Leon County, Florida, United States November 07, 2013 Details
October 31, 2013 stomlins701 Leon County, Florida, United States November 07, 2013 Details
November 04, 2013 stomlins701 Leon County, Florida, United States November 07, 2013 Details
October 29, 2013 Sandy White Lee County, Florida, United States October 30, 2013 Details
October 28, 2013 annhsatt Polk County, Florida, United States October 29, 2013 Details
October 25, 2013 Ken42 East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, United States October 27, 2013 Details
October 14, 2013 annette shells Edgefield County, South Carolina, United States October 24, 2013 Details
October 18, 2013 krancmm Brazoria County, Texas, United States October 22, 2013 Details