Other Common Names
Bean Leafroller (the caterpillar)
Explanation of Names
Urbanus proteus (Linnaeus, 1758)
Larva green speckled with black, with a yellow-orange stripe, brown head, black face and yellow eye patches (1)
The adult skipper is easily distinguished from the similar Dorantes Longtail by the green-blue iridescence, above. Below, the FW postmedian dark band of this species is not interrupted by the ground color, as in Dorantes Longtail.
Urbanus proteusU. dorantes
yr round in TX, FL w/ fall strays further north and west - MPG
Caterpillars feed on members of the Fabaceae (Pea or Bean family).
Eggs laid under leaves in clusters of about 20. Caterpillars cut flaps of host plant leaves and tie them over themselves with silk like little tents.
Tent. Early instar caterpillar. Later instar caterpillar. Pupa. Adult male
Florida Butterfly Caterpillars (1)
Butterflies Through Binoculars (2)