Alabama Butterfly Atlas

Butterfly: Wingspan 1 to 1 3/9 inches (2.5 - 3.5 cm). This is a relatively small dark brown to black duskywing. It is distinguished from most other duskywings (except Sleepy Duskwing) by its blue-gray and black crescents forming a chain-like pattern across the upperside of the forewing. A patch of gray is present near the outer costal margin of the forewing. The white spots near the tip of the forewing usually present in many duskywing skippers are lacking in this skipper.

Egg: The egg is green and is deposited singly on leaves of the host plants.

Caterpillar: The green caterpillar has a yellow lateral stripe. The body is covered with small white tubercles and short hairs. The brown head is strongly angled and has bright orange dots along its margins. The larvae live in rolled up leaf shelters constructed from host plant leaves. The final larval stage overwinters in the leaf shelter and pupates during the following spring.

Chrysalis: The chrysalis is brown or dark green.

Males patrol close to the ground, perching on low twigs. Females flutter around the low vegetation near brushy areas and forest edges. Both males and females sip moisture and minerals from damp soil.

The Dreamy Duskywing has been found in northeast Alabama.  It is a more northern species, being found from Nova Scotia west to British Columbia. In the eastern U. S. it extends southward into northern Georgia, Alabama, and Arkansas..

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

  • Sightings in the past 5 years
  • Sightings in the past 5 - 10 years
  • Sightings more than 10 years ago
County Distribution Map

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This skipper is usually found along forest edges, roadsides, trails, and clearings in open wooded areas. It is often seen sipping moisture and nutrients from damp spots along dirt roads and stream banks.

Host and Nectar Plants

In Alabama, the host plants have not yet been documented.

In other areas, hosts may include willows (Salix spp.), poplars/aspens (Populus spp.), and Black Locust (Robinia pseudoacacia).  

Many spring-blooming plants and trees provide nectar. 

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