Alabama Butterfly Atlas

Butterfly: Wingspan: 1½ - 1¾ inches (3.7 - 4.4 cm). Dark brown with yellow-orange lines when viewed from above with wings spread. Body and head brown. Seen from a lateral view with wings closed, the forewing is brown with a couple of white apical forewing dots; hindwing brown and bisected by a bright horizontal yellow-orange line. This skipper is confused with the Dion Skipper which has less amounts of yellow-orange and wider black borders to wings when viewed from above.

Egg: Not yet described.

Caterpillar: Not yet described.

Chrysalis: Not yet described.

Very little information is available for this species since it was relatively recently named as new to science by Shuey in 1989. It has a limited distribution in coastal Mississippi and Baldwin County, 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

Sightings in the following counties: Baldwin

  • 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 - Baldwin - 9/26/2014
County Distribution Map

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This skipper is very habitat specific being found among brackish water sawgrass in coastal marshes.

Host and Nectar Plants

The host plant is not yet known.

Nectar plants have not been documented.

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