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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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
October 19, 2015 Martin and Sara Chambers County, Texas, United States October 21, 2015 Details
September 04, 2015 PDunwiddie Fulton County, Georgia, United States October 15, 2015 Details
October 01, 2015 mathgeek Beaufort County, South Carolina, United States October 14, 2015 Details
September 15, 2015 PONYRCR Polk County, Florida, United States September 29, 2015 Details
September 20, 2015 GBinFWB Florida, United States September 29, 2015 Details
September 29, 2015 fotog1939 Polk County, Florida, United States September 29, 2015 Details
September 27, 2015 stephine Jones County, North Carolina, United States September 27, 2015 Details
September 10, 2015 Joseph Miller Harvey County, Kansas, United States September 14, 2015 Details
August 28, 2015 jjflossem Hernando County, Florida, United States August 29, 2015 Details
August 18, 2015 mellielong Hillsborough County, Florida, United States August 20, 2015 Details
July 27, 2015 Terry W. Johnson Monroe County, Georgia, United States August 17, 2015 Details
July 03, 2015 Ken Cheeks Burke County, Georgia, United States July 16, 2015 Details
January 04, 2015 Kreneep Marion County, Florida, United States June 28, 2015 Details
June 07, 2015 PopularOutcast Alachua County, Florida, United States June 15, 2015 Details
October 12, 2008 ugugusgili Jackson County, Alabama, United States June 08, 2015 Details
April 12, 2015 cyric Palm Beach County, Florida, United States May 06, 2015 Details
January 22, 2015 jjflossem Hernando County, Florida, United States February 13, 2015 Details
September 21, 2014 mmwm Glynn County, Georgia, United States December 16, 2014 Details
August 30, 2014 Ken Cheeks Aiken County, South Carolina, United States December 02, 2014 Details
October 26, 2013 Ken Cheeks Beaufort County, South Carolina, United States December 01, 2014 Details
September 17, 2014 qwirksilver St Johns County, Florida, United States November 21, 2014 Details
September 12, 2014 jjflossem Hernando County, Florida, United States November 21, 2014 Details
September 22, 2014 4wildlife Lee County, Florida, United States November 21, 2014 Details
April 10, 2014 LLJohnson Indian River County, Florida, United States November 21, 2014 Details
September 26, 2014 stomlins701 Leon County, Florida, United States September 29, 2014 Details
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