Urbanus dorantes

Dorantes Longtail

Urbanus dorantes, Dorantes skipper, Longtailed group



Family: Hesperiidae

Subfamily: Eudaminae


Resembles Urbanus proteus, but that species has a green iridescence on the body dorsally. In both species it is common to find individuals with broken tails.

Caterpillars feed on tick-trefoil and other members of Fabaceae.

Range: Georgia to Texas, south to Brazil, including the West Indies and the Galapagos Islands.

Photo data (upper photo): 31 October 2011. Big Cypress Preserve, Florida. Elevation 3 meters above sea level.

Photo data (bottom photo): 14 June 2014. Paramaribo, Paramaribo district, Suriname. Elevation also 3 meters above sea level.

Dorantes Longtail, Urbanus dorantes