Alabama Butterfly Atlas

Butterfly: Wingspan: 1 1/4 - 1 1/2 inches (3.2 - 3.8 cm). Drab brown butterflies that are virtually indistinguishable from Carolina Satyrs in the field.  Differences in genitalia and DNA sequencing are diagnostic.

ID Tip: The upper surface of the forewing is typically uniformly brown, while Carolina Satyrs often exhibit a darker hue near the body.  On the outer surface of Carolina Satyr's hindwing, the outer (postmedian) line often bulges toward the body while Intricate Satyr's tends to be straight.  However, these field marks should be considered helpful but not diagnostic. 

Egg: Not yet known

Caterpillar: Not yet known

Chrysalis: Not yet known

Intricate Satyrs were discovered by accident in 2014 during DNA sequencing of Carolina Satyrs.  This newly described species flies with and has been combined with the very common Carolina Satyr for more than two hundred years. The two species differ strongly in both male and female genitalia, but no reliable wing pattern differences have been determined. (See "ID Tip" above). The species name "Intricate" refers to the difficulty in recognizing this very distinct species and its intricate ventral wing patterns.

Initially discovered in Brazos Bend State Park in East Texas, Intricate Satyrs are thought to be widely distributed in the eastern U.S. In fact, photographs of Intricate and Carolina Satyrs taken in Alabama by Vitaly Charny were used in articles annnouncing the find.

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, Bibb, Bullock, Hale, Jefferson, Perry

  • 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 2 2 2 9 7 6 1 1 1 1

Habitat

Flies with Carolina Satyrs in shady woodlands.

Host and Nectar Plants

Host plants are unknown, although grasses are suspected.

No host plant has yet been verified in Alabama

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