Alabama Butterfly Atlas

Butterfly: Wingspan: 1 - 1½ inches (2.9 - 3.7 cm). Underside of wings are orange. Upperside is yellow orange with black borders. A distinctive tuft of orange shoulder hairs are present. The thorax is greenish.

Egg: The egg is cream-colored and encircled by two irregular-shaped red bands. The eggs are deposited singly under host plant leaves.

Caterpillar: Early instar caterpillars are pale, creamy colored with a few long white setae scattered about the body.

Chrysalis: Pupation takes place within blades of grass sewn together with silk threads. The pupa inside is pale yellow with a brighter yellow abdominal region.

The Arogos Skipper is extremely rare in Alabama, if it occurs. The last reported sighting was in Mobile County in 1993. It is often confused with the closely-related and more commonly encountered Delaware Skipper.

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

  • 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
County Distribution Map

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Along the eastern coast of the U. S., the preferred habitat is wet pine savannas, regenerating burn sites, and roadsides.

In the midwestern U. S., Arogos Skippers prefer grassy fields.

Host and Nectar Plants

In other states, reported host plants are Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparius) and Big Bluestem (Andropogon gerardi).