The geographic range of Urbanus proteus is from Argentina in South America, throughout Central America and the West Indies, up to the southern parts of North America (Carter 1992). These butterflies are abundant and year round residents of southern Texas and Florida, but during the summer months they can be found as far as Illinois and New York. However, they do not survive long in these northen areas because of the colder temperatures (Tveten and Tveten 1996).
Biogeographic Regions: nearctic (Native ); neotropical (Native )
- Tveten, J., G. Tveten. 1996. Butterflies of Houston & Southeast Texas. Austin, Texas: University of Texas Press.
- Carter, D. 1992. Eyewitness Handbooks Butterflies and Moths. Boston, Massachusettes: Dorling Kindersley, Inc.