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Poweshiek Skipperling (Oarisma poweshiek)

Status: Endangered

 

October 23, 2014: Dakota Skipper and Poweshiek Skipperling Listed under Endangered Species Act

Poweshiek skipperling

Poweshiek skipperling perched on large Indian breadroot (Pediomelum esculentum) at Prairie Coteau SNA, Pipestone County, Minnesota.

Photo by Gerald Selby

 

Poweshiek Skipperling

 

Status: Endangered

 

Habitat: High quality tallgrass and mixed grass prairie

 

Lead Region: 3

 

Region 3 Lead Office: Twin Cities Field Office

 

Range: Michigan and Wisconsin

 

Proposed Critical Habitat: Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin

 

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

 

 

Questions and Answers: Dakota Skipper and Poweshiek Skipperling Listed as Threatened and Endangered

 

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

 

Poweshiek skipperlings are small butterflies most often found in remnants of native prairie in Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin and in fens in Michigan. However, this skipperling may have been extirpated from the Dakotas, Minnesota and Iowa within the last 10 years – an area that, until recently, contained the vast majority of the surviving populations. It is now known only from Wisconsin, Michigan and Manitoba. During surveys in 2014, the species could be found only at a few sites in a single Michigan county, in very limited numbers at one site in Wisconsin, and in Canada at the single Manitoba site.

 

Poweshiek Skipperling Fact Sheet

 

Poweshiek Skipperling Species Profile

 

Saving Minnesota's Prairie Butterflies - Minnesota Zoo

 


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Last updated: October 23, 2014