Alabama Butterfly Atlas

Butterfly: Wingspan: 1¼ - 1½ inches (3.5-3.9 cm). This dark brown skipper is readily identified by its yellowish veins and distinctive white bar at the end of the cell on the underside of the hindwings. The forewings are pointed. There are a few pale spots on the upperside of the forewings.

Egg: Pale white eggs are laid singly on host.

Caterpillar: The body is green with a sublateral white stripe. The body tapers toward the greenish head and toward the tail end.  Lives exposed on leaves.

Chrysalis:

Salt Marsh Skippers nectar from a variety of flowers including Creeping Frogfruit (Phyla nodiflora), 

In Alabama, Salt Marsh Skipper is found only in coastal salt and brackish marshes in Baldwin and Mobile counties.  Elsewhere, it is distributed along salt and brackish marshes extending from Long Island, NY south to southern Florida and west along the Gulf coastal states to south Texas.

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 albutterflyatlas@gmail.com.

Sightings in the following counties: Baldwin, Mobile

  • Map Symbol for Recent Sightings Sightings in the past 5 years
  • Map Symbol for Semi-Recent Sightings Sightings in the past 5 - 10 years
  • Map Symbol for Old Sightings Sightings more than 10 years ago

High count(s):

  • 6 - Baldwin - 10/19/2019
  • 5 - Baldwin - 9/23/2021
  • 4 - Mobile - 8/12/2012
County Distribution Map

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

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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Habitat

Always associated with brackish and salt marshes, and weedy areas near the coastline. May be found in coastal gardens if they are near its host plant(s).        

Salt Marsh Skipper
Salt Marsh Skipper (Panoquina panoquin)
County
© Sara Bright
Saltmarsh Cordgrass
Salt Marsh Skipper
Salt Marsh Skipper (Panoquina panoquin)
County
© Sara Bright
Saltmarsh Cordgrass

Host and Nectar Plants

In other states, the larvae of the Salt Marsh Skipper are know to feed on Saltgrass (Distichlis spicata) and Saltmarsh Cordgrass (Sporobolus alternifolia)

 

In Alabama, Saltmarsh Cordgrass/Smooth Cordgrass  has been confirmed.  Saltgrass may also be used.

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For more information about these plants, please visit the Alabama Plant Atlas using the links above.

Salt Marsh Skipper
Salt Marsh Skipper (Panoquina panoquin)
County
© Sara Bright
Saltmarsh Cordgrass
Salt Marsh Skipper
Salt Marsh Skipper (Panoquina panoquin)
County
© Sara Bright
Saltmarsh Cordgrass
Salt Marsh Skipper
Salt Marsh Skipper (Panoquina panoquin)
County
© Sara Bright
Saltmarsh Cordgrass
Salt Marsh Skipper
Salt Marsh Skipper (Panoquina panoquin)
County
© Sara Bright
Saltmarsh Cordgrass
Salt Marsh Skipper
Salt Marsh Skipper (Panoquina panoquin)
County
© Sara Bright
Saltmarsh Cordgrass

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