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Urbanus proteus (bean leafroller; Long-tailed Skipper)

Synonyms: Goniurus proteoides; Papilio proteus (heterotypic); Thymele domingo; Urbanus proteus domingo

Wikipedia Abstract

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. 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.
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Diet [1]  Herbivore
Wing Span [2]  1.968 inches (.05 m)

Prey / Diet


Pollinator of 
Cordia gerascanthus (yauco)[3]
Stachytarpheta jamaicensis (light-blue snakeweed)[3]

External References

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Attributes / relations provided by
1Myers, P., R. Espinosa, C. S. Parr, T. Jones, G. S. Hammond, and T. A. Dewey. 2006. The Animal Diversity Web (online). Accessed February 01, 2010 at
2Urbanus proteus (Linnaeus) (Insecta: Lepidoptera: Hesperiidae), John Capinera, University of Florida, August 1996. Latest revision: November 2011
3Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
4HOSTS - a Database of the World's Lepidopteran Hostplants Gaden S. Robinson, Phillip R. Ackery, Ian J. Kitching, George W. Beccaloni AND Luis M. Hernández
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Species taxanomy provided by GBIF Secretariat (2022). GBIF Backbone Taxonomy. Checklist dataset accessed via on 2023-06-13; License: CC BY 4.0