Long-Tailed Skipper (Urbanus proteus)

The Long-Tailed Skipper is a medium size butterfly with a hairy body and long hindwing tails. The body and wing bases are bluish-green or iridescent green.

It can be found year-round in southern Texas and Florida. During the warmer seasons, it may venture as far north as Illinois and New York, but cannot survive cold weather.

Host plants: beans and other legume vines

Size: 1.5" - 2.0"

Long-Tailed Skipper on Zinnias
Long-Tailed Skipper on Zinnias

Long-Tailed Skipper
Long-Tailed Skipper

Long-Tailed Skipper in East Texas, October, 2016
Long-Tailed Skipper in East Texas, October 16, 2016