Alabama Butterfly Atlas

Butterfly: Wingspan is 1 3/16 - 1 1/2 inches (3.5-3.9 mm). This dark brown skipper is readily identified by its yellowish veins, and distinctive white bar at the end of the cell on the underside of the hindwings.The forewings are pointed. There are a few pale spots on the upperside of the forewings.

Egg: Pale white eggs are laid singly on host.

Caterpillar: The larvae body is  green with a sublateral white stripe. The body tapers toward the greenish head and toward the tail end.  Lives exposed on leaves.

Chrysalis:

The Salt Marsh Skipper is distributed along salt and brackish marshes extending from Long Island, NY south to southern Florida and west along the Gulf coastal states to south Texas.

In Alabama, Salt Marsh Skipper is found only in coastal salt and brackish marshes in Baldwin and Mobile counties.

Distribution and Abundance

A dot on the county map indicates that there is at least one documented record of the species within that county. In some cases, a species may be common throughout the county, in others it may be found in only a specific habitat.

The sightings bar graphs depict the timing of flight(s) within each of three geographic regions. Place your cursor on a bar within the graph to see the number of individuals recorded during that period.

The abundance calendar displays the total number of individuals recorded within each week of the month. Both the graphs and the calendar are on based data collection that began in 2000.

The records analyzed here are only a beginning. As more data is collected, these maps and graphs will paint a more accurate picture of distribution and abundance in Alabama. Submit your sightings to albutterflyatlas@gmail.com.

Sightings in the following counties: Baldwin, Mobile

  • Sightings in the past 5 years
  • Sightings in the past 5 - 10 years
  • Sightings more than 10 years ago
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Habitat

Always associated with brackish and salt marshes, and weedy areas near the coastline. May be found in coastal gardens if they are near its host plant, Saltgrass (Distichlis spicata). In Alabama, this skipper's habitat is found only in Baldwin and Mobile counties.        

Host and Nectar Plants

In Alabama, the host plant has not yet been documented.

Elsewhere, the larvae of the Salt Marsh Skipper are know to feed on Saltgrass (Distichlis spicata) and Saltmarsh Cordgrass (Spartina alternifolia).  In Alabama, alll of our sighting have been near stands of Saltgrass.

The Salt Marsh Skipper has been found to nectar from a variety of flowers including Creeping Frogfruit (Phyla nodiflora), a favorite in Alabama.

   

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