Dorantes Longtail Skipper Butterfly Urbanus dorantes
Dorantes Longtail Skipper Butterfly
This was a tricky butterfly! I recognized the three dots on the top of the wing as a pattern I'd seen before, but I couldn't remember which butterfly it was. I grabbed as many photos as I could both for this site, and so I could identify it at home from the pictures.

The butterfly kept leaving after a photo or two, but it seemed to call this corner of a field by the woods home, so I just spent the afternoon checking back there again and again, getting a photo or two each time.

Dorantes Longtail Skipper Butterfly
In the photo above, it's perched on a Broomweed seed pod. I wonder what its host plant is? I know my Tropical Checkered Skipper Butterflies use Broomweed.

It was a tricky butterfly to identify because its TAIL was MISSING! You must admit, a long tail is a really big clue to start with Long-tailed butterflies when you're looking one up. This one didn't have one, so I looked there as a last resort. At least I found it.

I was reasonably sure I had it figured out, so I thought to double check all of the long-tailed skipper photos I got in the same area that weekend, and look at what I found; one with most of its tail still attached having a sip of Porterweed nectar:
Dorantes Longtail Skipper Butterfly
Dorantes Longtail Skipper Butterfly
As soon as I get a little more free time when the weather is nice, I'll go back to where I found these two and try to find an intact one to photograph.
Dorantes Longtail Skipper Butterfly
Dorantes Longtail Skipper Butterfly
Dorantes Longtail Skipper Butterfly
Dorantes Longtail Skipper Butterfly
Dorantes Longtail Skipper Butterfly
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