Long-tailed skipper

Wing span:

Identification: Tailed butterfly with brown wings and creamish-brown fringe. The tail is dark brown to black. The upperside of the body, mid to base of forewings and all of the hindwings except the margins have an iridescent green tint. The forewings have a central oblique transparent band with one transparent spot adjacent to this band, and three smaller subapical transparent spots. The hindwings have two black bands and a postbasal black spot on the underside. 




Larval food plantCentrosema pubescensCentrosema sagittatumClitoria guianensisDesmodium adscendensDesmodium batocaulonDesmodium distortumDesmodium glabrumPhaseolus vulgarisProsopis glandulosaVigna adenanthaVigna vexillata (Warren et al., 2013)

Adult food: Flower nectar of Ageratum and Lantana

Reported from: CEIBA Biological Centre & Timehri (Region 4), Skeldon (Region 6)