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Long-tailed Skipper (Urbanus proteus) Nectaring on Symphyotrichum sp. in an overgrown backyard habitat.<br />
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Long-tailed Skipper (Urbanus proteus)

Nectaring on Symphyotrichum sp. in an overgrown backyard habitat.

Long-tailed Skipper (Urbanus proteus) Nectaring on Symphyotrichum sp. in an overgrown backyard habitat.<br />
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Long-tailed Skipper (Urbanus proteus) Nectaring on Symphyotrichum sp. in an overgrown backyard habitat.<br />
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    comments (5)

  1. Well done, what a lovely encounter and beautiful scene! Posted 5 months ago
    1. Thank you! It is so rewarding to let the wildflowers take over one's yard! :D The pollinators have been having a good time! I only wish others would set aside wild spaces like this as our insects (and, ultimately, birds and other animals up the food chain) are really starting to suffer.

      I really need to make a list/catologue of all of the species in this one little section of my yard. I've truly been amazed at all of the activity!
      Posted 5 months ago
      1. I couldn't agree more. Wild growth truly is beautiful, effective and it doesn't need that much space to thrive. Posted 5 months ago
  2. Ooohh, perfect <3 Posted 5 months ago
    1. Thank you, Christine! They just keep coming back for more yummy nectar! Posted 5 months ago

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The Long-tailed Skipper 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.

Similar species: Moths And Butterflies
Species identified by Lisa Kimmerling
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By Lisa Kimmerling

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Uploaded Oct 6, 2018. Captured Oct 4, 2018 11:07 in 110 Earl St, Plainville, GA 30733, USA.
  • Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XTi
  • f/4.0
  • 1/500s
  • ISO100
  • 60mm