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BUTTERFLIES

The states of Alabama and Mississippi are home to over 150 species of butterflies and skippers. While some counties are well sampled, as the map below illustrates there are still many counties that need more study (especially in Mississippi).  Over the past three years, we have been able to document over 800 new county records and one new state record from Alabama.  Over the next few years, we hope to improve the knowledge of distribution of butterflies within Mississippi.  

It is the goal of these pages to introduce you to the abundance and diversity of the butterfly fauna of Alabama & Mississippi,  through photographs of adults, eggs, caterpillars, chrysalids, and host plants.  Because of our passion for identification, we also provide as many field markings as possible to aid in identification.

The species known to occur in AL/MS are listed below. The Alabama list is based upon the work of Vitaly Charny and  the Alabama Butterfly Atlas; the Mississippi list is taken directly from the BAMONA (Butterflies and Moths of North America) website.  If we have photos for a particular species, then there will be a link from its common name to the species page. Each species page will contain photos and a distribution map indicating the counties within Alabama and Mississippi where the butterfly has been documented as occurring.  Our preference is to use photographs taken in AL/MS, but occasionally photos will be from outside the two states.  As we obtain more photographs, we will add them here.

Species per County

Common Checkered-Skipper

Common Sootywing

Confused Cloudywing

Funereal Duskywing

Golden Banded-Skipper

Dorantes Longtail

Hayhurst's Scallopwing

Hoary Edge

Horace's Duskywing

Juvenal's Duskywing

Long-tailed Skipper

Mottled Duskywing

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Northern Cloudywing

Silver-spotted Skipper

Sleepy Duskywing

Southern Cloudywing

Tropical Checkered-Skipper

Two-Barred Flasher

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Wild Indigo Duskywing

Zarucco Duskywing

Arogos Skipper

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Baracoa Skipper

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Bay Skipper

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Grass Skippers

Bell's Roadside-Skipper

Berry's Skipper

Brazilian Skipper

Broad-winged Skipper

Byssus Skipper

Carolina Roadside-Skipper

(no photograph available)

Clouded Skipper

Cobweb Skipper

Common Roadside-Skipper

Crossline Skipper

Dion Skipper

Delaware Skipper

Dotted Skipper

(no photograph available)

Duke's Skipper

Dun Skipper

Dusky Roadside-Skipper

Dusted Skipper

Eufala Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Lace-winged Roadside-Skipper

Least Skipper

Little Glassywing

Northern Broken-Dash

Ocola Skipper

Palatka Skipper

Palmetto Skipper

Pepper and Salt Skipper

Reversed Roadside-Skipper

Sachem

Salt Marsh Skipper

Southern Broken-Dash

Southern Skipperling

Swarthy Skipper

Tawny-edged Skipper

Twin-spot Skipper

Whirlabout

Yehl Skipper

Zabulon Skipper

Yucca Giant-Skipper

Spread-wing Skippers

Skippers

Giant-Skippers

Swallowtails

Black Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Palamedes Swallowtail

Pipevine Swallowtail

Spicebush Swallowtail

Zebra Swallowtail

Appalachian Tiger Swallowtail

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Whites and Sulphurs

Whites

Cabbage White

Checkered White

Great Southern White

West Virginia White

Sulphurs

Barred Yellow

Cloudless Sulphur

Dainty Sulphur

Little Yellow

Mexican Yellow

Orange Sulphur

Sleepy Orange

Southern Dogface

Gossamer-wing Butterflies

Harvesters

Harvester

Coppers

American Copper

Banded Hairstreak

Brown Elfin

Coral Hairstreak

Dusky-blue Groundstreak

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Early Hairstreak

(no photograph available)

Eastern Pine Elfin

Frosted Elfin

Gray Hairstreak

Great Purple Hairstreak

Henry's Elfin

Hessel's Hairstreak

Juniper Hairstreak

King's Hairstreak

Oak Hairstreak

Red-banded Hairstreak

Striped Hairstreak

White-M Hairstreak

Blues

Appalachian Azure

Ceraunus Blue

Eastern Pygmy-Blue

(no photograph available)

Eastern Tailed-Blue

Marine Blue

Reakirt's Blue

Silvery Blue

(no photograph available)

Spring Azure

Summer Azure

Metalmarks

Little Metalmark

Swamp Metalmark

(no photograph available)

Brush-footed Butterflies

Snouts

American Snout

Milkweed Butterflies

Monarch

Queen

Zebra Heliconian

Longwings

Admirals

Red-spotted Purple

Viceroy

Hackberry Emperor

Tawny Emperor

Emperors

True Brushfoots

American Lady

Baltimore Checkerspot

Common Buckeye

Diana Fritillary

Eastern Comma

Goatweed Leafwing

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Hairstreaks

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Gorgone Checkerspot

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Great Spangled Fritillary

Gulf Fritillary

Mourning Cloak

Malachite

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Northern Crescent

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Painted Lady

Pearl Crescent

Phaon Crescent

Question Mark

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Red Admiral

Silvery Checkerspot

Texan Crescent

Variegated Fritillary

White Peacock

Appalachian Brown

Carolina Satyr

Common Wood-Nymph

Creole Pearly-Eye

Gemmed Satyr

Georgia Satyr

Helicta Satyr

Intricate Satyr

Little Wood-Satyr

Mitchell's Satyr

Northern Pearly-Eye

Southern Pearly-Eye

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Satyrs and Wood-Nymphs

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Falcate Orangetip

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Bronze Copper

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