Subject: Butterfly/Moth? from Peru
Location: Central Peru
January 4, 2014 7:54 pm
I took this picture in the cloudforest of central Peru, and I have no idea if this is a kind of butterfly or moth or something else. Can you help me? Thank you once again!
This sure looks like the North American Long-Tailed Skipper, Urbanus proteus, but without doing any research, we cannot be certain if the range extends to Peru or if this is a related South American species. According to BugGuide, the range is: “‘Argentina north through Central America, the West Indies, and Mexico to peninsular Florida and South Texas. Occasionally strays and colonizes north to Connecticut, southern Illinois, eastern Kansas, southern Arizona, and southern California.’ (Butterflies and Moths of North America).” Taxonomically, Skippers are classified as butterflies, and they are thought of as an evolutionary transition between moths and butterflies.