Alabama Butterfly Atlas

Butterfly: Wingspan: 1¼ - 1½ inches (3.2 - 3.9 cm). The upperside is dark brown with bright orange areas. The underside is yellowish-orange with a lighter yellow row of pigment blocks forming a "V" with the apex of the V pointing posteriorly. Two additional light blocks are found near the center of the hindwing.The forewing tips have about four such pigment blocks.The black eye is rimmed with white. The wing fringes are a dark brown.

Egg: The egg color and morphology have not been described. Females lay eggs singly on the host plant.

Caterpillar: The caterpillars are grayish to brown; head brown or black. The caterpillars construct a nest at the base of host grass clumps and. feed on nearby grasses. They overwinter within the nest that is built partially underground. Partially grown larvae overwinter.


In Alabama, this skipper has only one historic documentation from Tuscaloosa County. Elsewhere, it is distributed from North Carolina south to Florida Keys, west through Alabama to Louisiana, Texas, and Arkansas.

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, Bibb, Cleburne, Escambia

  • 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):

  • 2 - Escambia - 10/2/2022
  • 1 - Cleburne - 6/3/2020
  • 1 - Baldwin - 10/12/2020
County Distribution Map

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This is a skipper normally found in dry sandhill pinelands, and grassy areas. Not found in wet areas.

Host and Nectar Plants

No host plant has been documented in Alabama.

In nearby states, the reported host plant for Meske's Skipper is Little Bluestem (Andropogon scoparius).