Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Teleus Longtail
Urbanus teleus (Hübner, 1821)

Family: Hesperiidae
Subfamily: Pyrginae
Identification: Tails are long; body and wings are brown. Forewing of both sexes has a thin transparent median band; male also has 4 transparent spots at the costal margin. Male has no costal fold.
Wing Span: 1 3/8 - 1 1/2 inches (3.5 - 3.9 cm).
Life History: Females lay eggs on the host plants, and caterpillars eat grass blades. Young caterpillars make shelters of folded leaf blades.
Flight: Many flights throughout the year in South Texas.
Caterpillar Hosts: Grasses including Panicum and Paspalum.
Adult Food: Flower nectar.
Habitat: Seasonal tropical forest and scrub.
Range: Argentina north through Central America and Mexico to South Texas.
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: None reported.
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