Alabama Butterfly Atlas

Butterfly: Wingspan is 1 - 1 3/8 inches (2.5-3.8 cm). This skipper is light brown above with an iridescent  lavender sheen below, especially on the forewing. The upper wing surfaces are strongly mottled with dark blotches. Glassy spots are present in outer one-half of forewing. The wing fringes are brown..

Egg: When first deposited, the eggs are pale green, but quickly turn pink.

Caterpillar: The larvae are pale green and covered with short hairs and white speckles. The head is spotted with red, orange, or yellow.

Chrysalis: Varies from dark green to brown..

Males are often seen perched, with wings widespread, on limbs and twigs growing close to the ground. This duskywing may be seen sipping moisture and minerals from damp spots on dirt roads near wooded uplands.

The Mottled Duskywing is found from southern New England west to Ontario, Minnesota, Wyoming and Colorado; thence southward to Texas and eastward along the Gulf coastal states to Georgia.

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 following counties: Bibb, Clay, Cleburne, DeKalb, Monroe

  • 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 found in open brushy fields in wooded uplands, forest edges, and on dirt roads where it sips moisture and minerals from wet spots. It prefers hilly terrain.

Host and Nectar Plants

In Alabama, host plants have not yet been documented, although New Jersey Tea (Ceanothus americanus) is suspected.

Elsewhere, its larvae are thought to soley feed from the leaves of New Jersey Tea (Ceanothus americanus).


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