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Species Urbanus dorantes - Dorantes Longtail - Hodges#3889

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Papilionoidea (Butterflies and Skippers)
Family Hesperiidae (Skippers)
Subfamily Eudaminae (Dicot Skippers)
Genus Urbanus
Species dorantes (Dorantes Longtail - Hodges#3889)
Hodges Number
wingspan: 3.7 - 5.1 cm
Adult is similar to Long-tailed skipper (Urbanus proteus) but lacks the greenish-blue iridescence of that species. Mostly brown with long narrow tails on rear wings.
Caterpillars may be green or tan, with a row of yellow spots along each side outlined in a darker color.
southern Florida; south Texas; southern Arizona
3-4 broods year round in south Texas and south Florida
Caterpillars feed on various members of the pea family, including Desmodium (Beggars ticks), beans.
Adults feed on flowers year round (Ironweed, lantana and others)
See Also
Urbanus proteus - Long-tailed skipper
Internet References
Butterflies and Moths of North America - species page with photograph, range map and detailed information. - species page with photos of pinned adults and life history.