Alabama Butterfly Atlas

Butterfly: Wingspan: 3/4 - 1 1/8 inch (2 - 3 cm). The upperside of males is light blue with a darker narrow border; females are dark brown, often with blue wing bases. The underside is gray; both wings have a row of dark dashes. There is one prominent eyespot on the hindwing.

ID Tip: Underwing surface is gray with one black spot near outer wing edge.

Egg: Greenish blue, flattened disc, laid singly on host plant flower buds

Caterpillar: Variable coloration:  green or red with dark markings and a white stripe outlined with red.

Chrysalis: Yellow-green

Ceraunus Blues are one of the most commonly encountered blues in Florida, but in the past few years, they have repeatedly extended their range into coastal Alabama during late summer.  They fly erratically through low vegetation and are easily overlooked.  When visiting the coast in late summer and fall, keep an eye out for this tiny blue butterfly.

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

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

View county names by moving the mouse over a county or view a map with county names

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Habitat

Hammock edges, coastal thickets and open, disturbed sites along the coast.

Host and Nectar Plants

Numerous plants in the Pea family (Fabaceae), including indigos (Indigofera spp.) and milk peas (Galactia spp.) are reported in Florida.

No host plant has been verified in Alabama.

Landscaping Ideas

Natural lawns that contain small flowering plants like clover, frogfruit, and violets provide nectar sources for many small butterflies, including Ceraunus Blues.