Alabama Butterfly Atlas

Butterfly: Wingspan is 1 3/8 to 1 3/4 inch (3.5-4.5 cm). This is a medium-sized skipper, smaller than the Dion, but larger than the Delaware. The male skipper's wings have yellowish-orange on its undersides. The hindwing veins are distinctively white against the orange background. Females are darker with  forewing cell spot and tawny-orange on the hindwing.The upperside of the wings are dark brown with some orange areas.

Egg: Not reported.

Caterpillar: The body is green, with a white collar around the neck. The head is brown with two vertical white stripes crossing the front of the head and a black elliptical spot at the top center of the head.

Chrysalis: Not reported.

A population of Berry's Skippers was recently discovered in Geneva County, Alabama by Mary Jane and Steve Krotzer. This is a relatively rare species, and populations should be regularly monitored.

Berry's Skippers ranges from coastal North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and throughout the State of Florida to the Panhandle, and west to coastal Mississippi.

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: Geneva

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

Swamps, bogs, marshes and along the edges of these bodies of water.  Berry's Skippers like boggy areas that are choked with vegetation such as sedges and sawgrasses. This species is largely coastal.

Host and Nectar Plants

No host has been documented in Alabama.

Host plants have been unreported throughout its range, although sedges (Carex spp.) are suspected..

 

 

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