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.

Skippers

     Spread-wing Skippers

          Common Checkered-Skipper

          Common Sootywing

          Confused Cloudywing

          Dorantes Longtail (no photograph available)

          Funereal Duskywing

          Golden Banded-Skipper

          Hayhurst's  Scallopwing

          Hoary Edge

          Horace's Duskywing

          Juvenal's Duskywing

          Long-tailed Skipper

          Mottled Duskywing (no photograph available)

          Northern Cloudywing

          Silver-spotted Skipper

          Sleepy Duskywing

          Southern Cloudywing

          Tropical Checkered-Skipper          

          Two-Barred Flasher (no photograph available)

          Wild Indigo Duskywing

          Zarucco Duskywing

     Grass Skippers

          Arogos Skipper (no photograph available)

          Baracoa Skipper (no photograph available)

          Bay Skipper (no photograph available)

          Bell's Roadside-Skipper

          Berry's Skipper

          Brazilian Skipper (no photograph available)

          Broad-winged Skipper

          Byssus Skipper

          Carolina Roadside-Skipper (no photograph available)

          Clouded Skipper

          Cobweb Skipper

          Common Roadside-Skipper

          Crossline Skipper

          Delaware Skipper

          Dion Skipper

          Dotted Skipper (no photograph available)

          Duke's Skipper (no photograph available)

          Dun Skipper

          Dusky Roadside-Skipper (no photograph available)

          Dusted Skipper              

          Eufala Skipper

          Fiery Skipper

          Hobomok Skipper (no photograph available)

          Lace-winged Roadside-Skipper

          Least Skipper

          Little Glassywing

          Neamathla Skipper (no photograph available)

          Northern Broken-Dash

          Ocola Skipper

          Palatka Skipper

          Palmetto Skipper

          Pepper and Salt Skipper

          Reversed Roadside-Skipper (no photograph available)

          Sachem

          Salt Marsh Skipper

          Southern Broken-Dash

          Southern Skipperling

          Swarthy Skipper

          Tawny-edged Skipper

          Twin-spot Skipper

          Whirlabout

          Yehl Skipper

          Zabulon Skipper

      Giant-Skippers

          Yucca Giant-Skipper


Swallowtails

          Appalachian Tiger Swallowtail (no photograph available)

          Black Swallowtail

          Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

          Giant Swallowtail

          Palamedes Swallowtail

          Pipevine Swallowtail

          Spicebush Swallowtail

          Zebra Swallowtail


Whites and Sulphurs

     Whites

          Cabbage White

          Checkered White

          Falcate Orangetip

          Great Southern White (no photograph available)

          West Virginia White

     Sulphurs

          Barred Yellow

          Clouded Sulphur (no photograph available)

          Cloudless Sulphur

          Dainty Sulphur

          Large Orange Sulphur (no photograph available)

          Little Yellow

          Mexican Yellow

          Orange Sulphur

          Orange-barred Sulphur (no photograph available)

          Sleepy Orange

          Southern Dogface

          Yellow Angled-Sulphur (no photograph available)


Gossamer-wing Butterflies

    Harvesters

          Harvester

     Coppers

          American Copper

          Bronze Copper (no photograph available)

     Hairstreaks

          Atala (no photograph available)

          Banded Hairstreak

          Brown Elfin

          Coral Hairstreak

          Dusky-blue Groundstreak (no photograph available)

          Eastern Pine Elfin

          Frosted Elfin

          Gray Hairstreak

          Great Purple Hairstreak

          Henry's Elfin

          Hessel's Hairstreak (no photograph available)

          Juniper Hairstreak

          King's Hairstreak

          Oak Hairstreak

          Red-banded Hairstreak

          Striped Hairstreak

          White-M Hairstreak

     Blues

          Appalachian Azure (no photograph available)

          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    

     Longwings

          Zebra Heliconian

     Admirals

          Red-spotted Purple

          Viceroy

     Emperors

          Hackberry Emperor

          Tawny Emperor

     True Brushfoots

          American Lady

          Baltimore Checkerspot

          Common Buckeye

          Diana Fritillary

          Eastern Comma

          Goatweed Leafwing

          Gorgone Checkerspot (no photograph available)

          Great Spangled Fritillary

          Gulf Fritillary

          Malachite (no photograph available)

          Mourning Cloak

          Northern Crescent (no photograph available)

          Painted Lady

          Pearl Crescent

          Phaon Crescent

          Question Mark

          Red Admiral

          Silvery Checkerspot

          Texan Crescent

          Variegated Fritillary

          White Peacock

     Satyrs and Wood-Nymphs

          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

Species per County