Alabama Butterfly Atlas

Butterfly: Wingspan is 1 3/16 to 1 1/4 inches (2.7 to 3.2 cm). Important field identification markings are seen along the wing fringes which are checkered with black and cream colors. The underside of the wings  is dark brown to black with many small white spots and grayish overscaling except at the wing apex. The upperside of the wings is black, with numerous tiny white spots on the forewing. As in other species of Amblyscirtes, the black abdomen is encircled with white rings at the joints of the body segments.

Egg: Not yet described. It has been noted, however, that the egg is laid singly on the underside of the host plant leaf.

Caterpillar: Not yet described for Alabama. Others have described the larval body as being green with a white head bearing a brown vertical stripe down the mid-line.

Chrysalis: The chrysalis has not been described.

Bell's Roadside-Skipper is historically known in Alabama from Jefferson, Tuscaloosa, Shelby and Colbert counties. Prior to 2016, this species was last documented in 2007. In 2016, it was sighted by Mary Jane and Steve Krotzer and Vitaly Charny at Cane Creek Canyon Nature Preserve in Colbert County.

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 High Count information shows the highest numbers recorded for this species as well as when and where they occurred.

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: Colbert

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

High count(s):

  • 1 - Colbert - 5/28/2016
  • 1 - Colbert - 5/29/2016
County Distribution Map

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Prefers moist, rich woodlands where it may be found in openings near creeks. It may also be found along dirt roads coursing through such woodlands.




Host and Nectar Plants

The host plant has not yet been documented for Alabama.

In nearby states, River Oats (Chasmanthium latifolium) is the only host plant documented for this species.

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