Long-Tailed Skipper Butterfly Urbanus proteus
That was fun! I took a bunch of pictures , and I was going through them to update this Long-Tailed Skipper page when I realized that I had a NEW butterfly! Some of my Long-Tailed Skippers weren't; they were Dorantes Longtail Skippers! Cool!

Some of the faster moving butterflies are easier to identify in a photo than in real time real life. Both of the Long-Tailed skippers I've found fit that category.

Wow! I'm raising a skipper caterpillar on Desmodium (their host plant), and when I went out to pick more to feed it, I saw this female Long-tailed Skipper Butterfly investigating plants near the Desmodium with her feet. I suspected that she might want to lay an egg, so I just crouched with the camera waiting....
Got her! The female Long-tailed Skipper Butterfly found the Desmodium, and you can see her abdomen all tipped up as she lays her egg on it.
Long-Tailed Skipper Butterfly
Long-Tailed Skipper Butterfly
Long-Tailed Skipper Butterfly laying an egg
Long-Tailed Skipper Butterfly laying an egg on Desmodium
Long-Tailed Skipper Butterfly
There are additional photographs on Long-Tailed Skipper Buterflies Page 2.
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