Identification: Skipper with exceptionally long tails and a long silver stripe on hindwing below. Similar to Zilpa Longtail, which has a central white trapezoidal patch on hidwing below. Caterpillar is pale green-yellow with yellow lateral lines and many tiny black dots; protothorax red with a black patch behind head; head red with a black Y on frong.
Wing Span: 46-52 mm.
Life History: Adults are fond of nectar of low flowers and perch with wings tightly closed.
Flight: All year in southern Texas and lowland tropics.
Habitat: Hot, dry canyons in the Southwest United States, lowland tropical scrub elsewhere.
Range: Resident from southeastern Arizona, southern Texas and West Indies south through tropical America to Argentina. Periodic stray to west Texas and southwest New Mexico.
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