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Skipper butterfly

CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Long-tailed Skipper Butterfly (Urbanus proteus)

Larval host: “Numerous members of the Pea family (Fabaceae) including Beaked Butterfly Pea (Centrosema virginianum), American Wisteria (Wisteria americana), Kudzu (Pueraria Montana), and ticktrefoils (Desmodium spp.)”

Learn: http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/wildflower/completebutterflydata.asp?id=46

Shown on Florida Native Plant: DOCTORBUSH (Plumbago zeylanica)

My take: http://floridawildlifegardentails.wordpress.com/2017/03/23/dont-skip-the-long-tailed-skipper-butterfly/

Caterpillar from October 2013:

Longtail Skipper Butterfly Caterpillar

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Fiery Skipper Butterfly (Hylephila phyleus)

Many thanks to @AndyBugGuy for the identification of this female.

Learn: https://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/wings/completeButterflyInfo.asp?id=49

Larval host: grasses

Shown on Florida Native Plant: OAKLEAF FLEABANE (Erigeron quercifolius)

My take: https://floridawildlifegardentails.wordpress.com/2015/09/12/skip-skip-skip-to-my-lou/

More photos from prior years:

Fiery Skipper on Bidens alba

Fiery Skipper on Bidens alba

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Dorantes Longtail Skipper Butterfly (Urbanus dorantes)

larval host: “Herbaceous Plants (Fabaceae) including Ticktrefoil (Desmodium spp.)” (source: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/uw057)

Learn: http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species/Urbanus-dorantes

Shown on Florida Native Plant: Bidens alba

Can be distinguish from similar long tail skipper (U. proteus) because it does not have the aqua coloring on it’s back.

dorantesskipperbackAug2016

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Horace’s Duskywing Butterfly (Erynnis horatius)

Male. One of the spreadwing skippers (Family Hesperiidae)

Learn: http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species/Erynnis-horatius

Larval host: Various oaks (Quercus spp.) including Myrtle Oak (Quercus myrtifolia), Water Oak (Quercus nigra), Live Oak (Quercus virginiana), and Turkey Oak (Quercus laevis)

photo of Female: https://centralfloridacritteroftheday.wordpress.com/2014/09/22/horaces-duskywing-butterfly-erynnis-horatius/

Shown on Florida Native Plant: Bidens alba

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