Urbanus proteus: Long-tailed Skipper

The Long-tailed Skipper [Urbanus proteus] is a spread-winged skipper butterfly found throughout tropical and subtropical South America, south to Argentina and north into the southern part of the United States of America. It cannot live in areas with prolonged frost.

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^ The white spots on the wings are translucent.

It is a showy butterfly, with wings of light brown tinted with iridescent blue, and two long tails extending from the hindwings. The robust body is light blue dorsally. It has a large head, prominent eyes, and a wingspan between 4.5 and 6 centimeters. The adults feed on nectar from flowers.

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Photos: Burt’s FarmDawsonville, GA, 20120916;  Atlanta Botanical GardenAtlantaGeorgiaUSA  [20130913]

Source: Wikipedia

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