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.
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.