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Long-tailed Skipper Larva (Urbanus proteus) in a Leaf Shelter This Pointed-leaved Tick-Trefoil (Hylodesmum glutinosum) leaf was folded together and &quot;sealed&quot; with fine strands of silk. Inside there was a surprise! A Long-Tailed Skipper Larva. It wasn&#039;t very happy to see me and &quot;puked&quot; out some green liquid! :o *Note the bubbly green stuff near the larva&#039;s head and the puddle of dark green stuff at the top of the photo.<br />
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Long-tailed Skipper Larva (Urbanus proteus) in a Leaf Shelter

This Pointed-leaved Tick-Trefoil (Hylodesmum glutinosum) leaf was folded together and "sealed" with fine strands of silk. Inside there was a surprise! A Long-Tailed Skipper Larva. It wasn't very happy to see me and "puked" out some green liquid! :o *Note the bubbly green stuff near the larva's head and the puddle of dark green stuff at the top of the photo.

Long-tailed Skipper Larva (Urbanus proteus) Leaf Shelter This Pointed-leaved Tick-Trefoil (Hylodesmum glutinosum) leaf was folded together and "sealed" with fine strands of silk. Inside there was a surprise! See below:<br />
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https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84515/long-tailed_skipper_larva_urbanus_proteus_in_a_leaf_shelter.html<br />
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    comments (10)

  1. omg what a beautiful weirdo. So vibrant and such an enormous head! Posted one month ago
    1. They really are weirdos. I feel fortunate to see tons of these leaf-folds on Hylodesmum (and other Fabaceae) in our valley! I think we may have a really good year with these! Posted one month ago
      1. Overall I'm very impressed with biodiversity in your "neck of the woods".
        I just said an American thing.
        Posted one month ago
        1. You totally did! ;)
          We actually have a wooden plaque by our door (a gift from my brother-in-law) that says "Welcome to our neck of the Woods" :P
          Posted one month ago
          1. Well, that's just nature 101. Posted one month ago
        2. I'm also impressed by it every day! There is always something new to learn about! Posted one month ago
  2. So cool!! What an awesome surprise. When I unfold leaves, I usually get showered with frass and find a tiny, nondescript cat. Is the green puke the bubbly stuff on its head that looks like caviar? Posted one month ago
    1. Indeed, it is! Also, the green stuff at the top of the photo. Isn't it crazy!? Posted one month ago, modified one month ago
      1. Whoa, I had missed the puddle near the top of the photo! Posted one month ago
        1. Haha! Oops :D Posted 29 days 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 Sep 16, 2019. Captured Sep 14, 2019 18:53 in 234 Oakman Rd NE, Ranger, GA 30734, USA.
  • Canon EOS 6D Mark II
  • f/20.0
  • 1/128s
  • ISO200
  • 100mm