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Small swallow-tailed butterfly New Orleans

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Seen today in New Orleans city park. Not sure this is a true swallow tail but it certainly caught my eye. 

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This is not a Swallowtail, it is one of the long-tailed skippers. I don't know them well, or exactly how many species there are as they do not range into Canada, but I am sure you can find references for your area. It may just be the one called Long-tailed Skipper (Urbanus proteus).

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If you look at the antennae, you'll notice that the club at the end has a distinct hook. That's a distinguishing trait for the skippers.

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Thanks for the info. I'm trained in fish and marine inverts, but I'm slowly learning these guys. Any recommendations for a good all around butterfly id book? 

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Kaufmann's is still the easiest one to use by far. Glassberg came out with a new one this year -- I don't think it's as good for learning, but there is an extra level of detail that can be helpful. For moths, I think that a guide to the SE US is coming out very soon. Like the one for the Northeast, it'll be quite incomplete, probably even more so than for ours. (You guys have even more moths than we do!) A good web-based site for moths is Moth Photographer's Group.

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