Long-tailed Skipper (Urbanus proteus)

Order: Lepidoptera (le-pid-OP-ter-a) (Info)
Family: Hesperiidae
Genus: Urbanus (ur-BAY-nus) (Info)
Species: proteus (PRO-tee-us) (Info)


This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Vincent, Alabama
Boca Raton, Florida
Crestview, Florida
Daytona Beach, Florida
Fernandina Beach, Florida
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Hollywood, Florida
Lakeland, Florida
Lutz, Florida (2 reports)
Quincy, Florida
Sebastian, Florida
Dacula, Georgia
Benton, Kentucky
Thibodaux, Louisiana
Charleston, South Carolina
Manning, South Carolina
Maryville, Tennessee
Beaumont, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Houston, Texas
Lufkin, Texas
New Caney, Texas
Portland, Texas
Spring, Texas
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Members' Notes:


On Nov 21, 2012, steadycam3 from Houston Heights, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Found cats on my lima bean leaves, could only find two. Captured the smallest one and reared it on bean leaves. FYI, it ate very little of about 3 leaves. It took 42 days from an inch long baby cat to eclosed adult. See my photos of cats (out of focus) and of the chrysalis and adult in bug files photos.


On Aug 1, 2006, justmeLisa from Brewers, KY (Zone 6b) wrote:

I enjoy these butterflies in my garden. They love lantana as nectar plants. I would rate them as a positive because I enjoy them. However, many farmers rate these butterflies as a negative. Their larvae spend their lives munching on legume leaves. Their larvae is known as the bean leaf rollers.