Alabama Butterfly Atlas

Butterfly: Wingspan: 1¼ - 1¾ inch (3.5 - 4.5 cm). UPPER SURFACE (dorsal) Male forewing orange with wide dark borders; two-part black stigma. Female forewing dark brown with yellow transverse markings. Hindwing has tawny orange area within dark border. Off-white/buffy fringe.  UNDER SURFACE (ventral) Tawny orange with pale veins; no spots or rays. Golden yellow head.

Egg: Dome-shaped. Initially blue/green; with maturation, color fades to creamy white and two irregularly shaped red rings appear. Laid singly on host blades.

Caterpillar: Blue/green mottled with pale yellow; two narrow dark lines on back. Head pale brown with brown stripe around edge; oval black spot edged with creamy white. Collar pale green with thin black ring near body. First three pairs of legs (thoracic) pale green. Partially grown larvae overwinter.

Chrysalis: Long, slender, and dark brown.

Berry's Skipper is one of the rarest skippers in the Southeast. It is a wetland skipper of open and sunny situations, occurring in very localized colonies. In Alabama, it is known from only a handful of sightings.

Berry's is a medium-sized skipper, smaller than Dion, but larger than Delaware. The details of its life history are not well known, although a female was observed laying an egg on an unidentified sedge species in North Carolina.  Sedges are typical hosts of skippers in the Euphyes genus, and Berry's presumably shares their basic lifestyle. There are two broods; Alabama sightings have been from the second brood.

Berry's Skippers range from coastal North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and throughout the State of Florida to the Panhandle, and west to coastal Mississippi. They have been documented only rarely in Alabama. 

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, Geneva

  • 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):

  • 1 - Geneva - 9/20/2014
  • 1 - Baldwin - 9/18/2021
  • 1 - Baldwin - 9/11/2023
County Distribution Map

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Habitat

Coastal swamps, bogs, and marshes. Wet to moist powerline clearings with savanna vegetation. Edges of canals and ditches with marshy vegetation. Typically, boggy areas choked with vegetation like sawgrass and other sedges. 

Berry's Skipper
Berry's Skipper (Euphyes berryi)
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© Paulette Haywood Ogard
Wetland edge

Host and Nectar Plants

Report frm North Carolina and Florida list sedges (Carex spp.).

No host has been documented in Alabama.

 

 

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