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Long-tailed Skipper

By GlenD
Quick one before I go to sleep, whooped after working all night and beeing awake all day. Shot a lot of these before but never got one with the wings open, this was the first time I seen one with open wings. Thought I'd better put a bug on or my Aunt Les will call me from Norfolk and have a fit on me lol, I know she looks now and then don't you Auntie Lesley Wink

The Long-tailed Skipper (Urbanus proteus) is a spread-winged skipper butterfly found throughout tropical and subtropical America, south to Argentina and north into the southern part of the United States of America. It cannot live in areas with prolonged frost. It is a showy butterfly, with wings of light brown tinted with iridescent blue, and two long tails extending from the hindwings. The robust body is light blue dorsally. It has a large head, prominent eyes, and a wingspan between 4.5 and 6 centimeters.

Life cycle
It lays white or yellow eggs, singly or in small clusters, which hatch into a caterpillar with a yellowish body and large, dark head. After two to three weeks, the caterpillar forms a pupa. Its pupa is contained in a rolled leaf and covered in fine bluish hairs. The pupa stage may last from one to three weeks, after which the adult emerges.

Thanks for checking out the egret, shall get to you after a few winks...happy snapping!!

Forgot- BG was a bit black and messy so greened it up a little to show him better

Tags: Usa Blue In General The Butterfly Close-up and macro Its Florida Oh Skipper Wildlife and nature Middle!

Voters: cheesey, crookymonsta, SoulOfNature and 51 more

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cheesey 14 2 United Kingdom
9 Sep 2008 2:05PM
Cracking image, well presented.

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crookymonsta Plus
12 842 10 England
9 Sep 2008 2:15PM
Great job with the background and lovely detail. Sandra
SoulOfNature 11 23 United Kingdom
9 Sep 2008 2:18PM
Absolutely stunning !!!

Jean x
taggart Plus
15 47 14 United States
9 Sep 2008 2:20PM
A stunning skipper, Glen-- One I have never seen ( too cold even where I live) I love the iridescence-- Well photographed!
cjl47 12 5 3 England
9 Sep 2008 2:32PM
Another excellent capture with a great informative write up too.
GalleryGirl 12 4 2 United Kingdom
9 Sep 2008 2:37PM
Beautiful colours. Nicely captured and presented.
Marilyn x
ChazB 15 64 3 United Kingdom
9 Sep 2008 2:54PM
Amazing colours and a wonderful capture.
Maiwand 13 3 73 England
9 Sep 2008 2:58PM
Cracking good shot Glen. Spot on.
Bob_V 12 1 2 United States
9 Sep 2008 3:01PM
Such marvelous macro work, so well detaied and full of clarity.
Possum Plus
13 148 England
9 Sep 2008 3:07PM
Beautiful, Glen - lovely to see those wonderful colours with the wings open, and well placed in the frame.
dwoody 12 United Kingdom
9 Sep 2008 3:15PM
Never seen one before. Excellent picture
CarolG 13 199 20 Greece
9 Sep 2008 3:37PM
What a beauty, very well captured and presented. Carol
trissie 13 United Kingdom
9 Sep 2008 3:54PM
A lovely close up Glen, beautiful colours and detail.

Trish x
Stace 12 2 2 England
9 Sep 2008 4:16PM
Superb image Glen well captured and presented
dawnmichelle 13 12 United States
9 Sep 2008 4:30PM
wow what a beauty... you captured it perfect..
MRSbiscuit60 12 224 United Kingdom
9 Sep 2008 5:13PM
Glorious picture. Trish
jove 12 United Kingdom
9 Sep 2008 5:22PM
Nice image.
Well done.
proz 15 205 United States
9 Sep 2008 5:24PM
awesome capture Glen
mrsvee 12 1 England
9 Sep 2008 5:28PM
Superb image.
Lovely detail & colour.
Well done.
KarenFB Plus
14 5.4k 176 England
9 Sep 2008 6:02PM
Oh Wow!! This is stunning - what a brilliant butterfly and you've caught it perfectly. Definately one for the wall!!
JudeC 13 6 3 England
9 Sep 2008 6:26PM
A beauty - Jude.
9 Sep 2008 6:48PM
Really beautiful colour to this creature..!

Nikki !
9 Sep 2008 6:55PM
ace capture
AnneWorner 12 620 43 United States
9 Sep 2008 7:26PM
It's really beautiful and you captured it perfectly. Very nice dof on this. I chased a black swallowtail around today, but have nothing to show for my efforts!
brownsilent 13 7 2 United Kingdom
9 Sep 2008 8:13PM
Terrific shot Glen, once more you proved your professionalism,
pamelajean Plus
14 1.3k 2142 United Kingdom
10 Sep 2008 6:43PM
Wings open and glorious colours, a very fine capture.
whiteswan01 12 13 England
10 Sep 2008 9:20PM
wow superb write up and a stunning image if icould give awards this would be it beautiful
Glostopcat 14 255 2 England
10 Sep 2008 10:16PM
A grand shot of this beautiful butterfly, it's much more colourful than the UK skippers
GillyB Plus
15 317 8 United Kingdom
11 Sep 2008 5:07AM
Love the colour and detail Glen, perfect background and composition ..... very nice work Smile

11 Sep 2008 4:06PM
Fab colours and presentation.

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