Dorantes Longtail
Urbanus dorantes

Size:
Wingspan is 1 7/16 - 2 inches.

Similar Species:

Long-tail
ed Skipper

Habitat:
Overgrown fields, gardens, woodland borders, brushy fields, roadsides and trails.

Range/Abundance:
Very rare migrant with a handful of records in NC and SC and one dubious record in VA, not recorded in WV.

Flight Period:
A migrant to our region would be expected from late summer until late fall.

Larval Host Plants:
Legumes including wild and cultivated beans Phaseolus, beggar's ticks Desmodium, and blue peas Clitoria.

Comments:
I was lucky enough see one of these rare migrants in 1999 in Durham, NC. Harry Le Grand saw one in Raleigh, NC the same year.

In recent years there have been no reports of this species in the region. The Dorantes Longtail is very common in southern Florida and supposedly arrived there in the late 1960s.

The top photo was taken in Durham Co., NC date unknown. The second and third photos were taken in Hidalgo Co., TX on December 08 2004.

 

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Dorantes Longtail, Urbanus dorantes
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Dorantes Longtail, Urbanus dorantes

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