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wear and tear

Long-tailed skipper

Urbanus proteus

 

"An uncommon but regular visitor to the Houston area, U. proteusis most often seen on warm, sunny days in late summer and fall. Newly emerged individuals are distinctive and easily recognized, but perfect specimens are difficult to find. The tails are fragile and quickly broken." Butterflies of Houston and Southeast Texas, John and Gloria Tveten

 

this one's left 'tail section' is missing and looks like it's also suffered damage to it's left fore wing ... altogether it was about 1 inch across

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Taken on September 25, 2009