Alabama Butterfly Atlas

Butterfly: Wingspan: 1 - 1¼ inches (2.9 - 3.2 cm). Males dark brown on upperside with a tawny-orange patch surrounding a black stigma. The underside is tawny brown with two pale spots on forewing (hence the name).

Egg: The egg is pale green and deposited singly on blades of the host sedge.

Caterpillar: The caterpillar is pale green with a dark dorsal stripe. The head is light brown with a thin black collar behind the head. A black oval is present on the upper forehead and is edged with white. The caterpillars overwinter in an aerial nest made by tying together leaves to form a tubular retreat.

Chrysalis: Not described.

Mobile County is the only  record of this species for the State of Alabama, which represents the southwestern limit of the range for this secies. This is mostly a northern species distributed from Maine westward across the northern and midwestern tier of states to eastern Colorado. Also, from Maine, it is distributed southward along the Atlantic coastal states to extreme northeast Florida and west to Mobile, AL.

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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The Two-Spotted Skipper is found only in wet places where sedges grow, e.g., marshes, bogs, and sedge meadows.

Host and Nectar Plants

Host plants have not been documented in Alabama.

Sedges are reported to be host plants, especially Tussock Sedge (Carex stricta) .