Alabama Butterfly Atlas

Butterfly: Wingspan: 2.0-2.5" (5.1-6.4 cm) Upperside is white with light brown markings and a double row of light crescents at the margins. Forewing has one round, black spot; hindwing has two.

Egg: Green.  Laid singly on host leaves

Caterpillar: Dark gray with small silvery spots and branched black spines

Chrysalis: Light green. Smooth with a slim back line and light spots on the upper surface.

White Peacocks are year-round residents of south Florida.  These sub-tropical butterflies are not cold tolerant, but as the weather warms, they disperse northward each year. By summer they sometimes make it to Alabama's southern counties.  Although their occurrence varies from year to year, they linger as long as temperatures allow.  In 2014, Jim Egbert observed White Peacocks in Baldwin County on Christmas Eve!

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
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
1 8 1 13 1 1 13 2

Habitat

Open, disturbed areas including wet ditches, roadsides, fields, and sometimes gardens.  Typically near water or high water tables.  

Host and Nectar Plants

Frogfruits (Phyla spp.) and water hyssops (Bacopa spp.) are reported in Florida and North Carolina.

No host plant has yet been verified in Alabama

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