Butterfly: Wingspan: 1 - 1¼ inches (2.5-3.5 cm). A light brown skipper with some orange at tip of forewing and above and below the stigma. A white V-shaped band points toward the outer margins of the hindwing underside. White extends along the veins of the undersides of the wings giving a cobwebbed appearance.
Egg: Females deposit their white eggs on host grasses.
Caterpillar: The light brown caterpillar has a green dorsal stripe down its body. Its head is black.
Chrysalis: The chrysalis is dull green. This is thought to be the overwintering stage.
The Cobweb Skipper is rare in Alabama with few documented sightings. In March and April of 2012, Vitaly Charny found it in the Chocolocco Wildlife Management Area in an upland, long-leaf pine reforestation area that had been burned-over. It occurred there along with the Dusted Skipper. Its suspected host plants (Andropogon spp.) were there in abundance.
Elsewhere, it has a patchy distribution from southern Maine west to Wisconsin; south to Georgia, the Gulf states, and central Texas.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sightings in the following counties: Cleburne, Jackson, Jefferson, Shelby
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The Cobweb Skipper is found in dry, disturbed sites, often ones that have been burned-over. These include pine and oak barrens, dry hillsides, and rocky areas where it host plants grow.
In Alabama, host plants for the Cobweb Skipper have not yet been documented.
Elsewhere, the larvae are known to feed on leaves of bluestem grasses (Andropogon spp.).