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Dakota skipper (Hesperia dacotae)

Status: Threatened

 

The Dakota skipper is a small butterfly that lives in high-quality mixed and tallgrass prairie. It has been extirpated from Illinois and Iowa and now occurs in remnants of native mixed and tallgrass prairie in Minnesota, the Dakotas and southern Canada. The Dakota skipper is listed as threatened under the Endangered species Act and critical habitat has been proposed.

Dakota skipper on prairie lily.

Dakota skipper on prairie lily.

Photo by USFWS; Phil Delphey

 

Dakota Skipper

 

Status: Threatened

 

Habitat: High quality tallgrass and mixed grass prairie

 

Lead Region: 3

 

Region 3 Lead Office: Twin Cities Field Office

 

Range: Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota

 

For More Information: Listing the Dakota Skipper and Poweshiek Skipperling and Proposal to Designate Critical Habitat

 

Dakota Skipper Section 7 Guidance

 

 

Dakota Skipper Natural History and Status:

Dakota Skipper Fact Sheet

 

Dakota Skipper Species Profile

 

Dakota Skipper Status Assessment (June 2002) PDF; 84 pages; 600KB

 

Dakota Skipper Conservation and Management:

Dakota Skipper Conservation Guidelines (revised January 2015)

 

Dakota Skipper Section 7 Guidance (updated February 2015)

 

Saving Minnesota's Prairie Butterflies - Minnesota Zoo

 

Private Stewardship Grant (May 2007): Restore Native Prairie and Oak Savanna Communities In the Little Sioux Watershed in Northwest Iowa – Buena Vista, Cherokee, Clay, Dickinson, and O’Brien Counties, Iowa

 

Private Stewardship Grant (2005): Imperiled Species Conservation on Private Land in Western Minnesota (Wilkin, Ottertail, Grant, Pope, Kandiyohi, Big Stone, Yellow Medicine and Lac Qui Parle counties, Minnesota)

 

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Last updated: April 21, 2015