The Long-tailed Skipper (Urbanus proteus)
Urbanus proteus (Hesperiidae - Pyrginae) is a very particular butterfly by the white spots are distinguished at their upper wings are actually translucent sections. If you are lucky enough to see it perched on a flower, you can distinguish the colorful flowers through these “windows” on their wings.
Their size ranges from 37 to 55 mm. It is a butterfly medium size easily recognizable by expansions in the form of its hind wings tail. The back of his body takes on a blue-green iridescent tone due to the dense and bright hairs that extend to the base of their wings. How others of its kind, has big eyes and antennae with a slight hook .
This butterfly can be found from Argentina north through Central America, the West Indies, and Mexico to peninsular Florida and South Texas. Occasionally strays and colonizes north to Connecticut, southern Illinois, eastern Kansas, southern Arizona, and southern California .
Caterpillars feed on leaves and live in shelters of rolled leaves.
Top photo shows an adult specimen from Sierra del Rosario, Cuba (©David Edwards). The photo below shows a caterpillar from Immokalee, Florida, US (©Steve Collins).