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Poweshiek Skipperling (Oarisma poweshiek)

Status: Proposed as Endangered

 

Poweshiek skipperling

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

Photo by Gerald Selby

Proposal to List Poweshiek Skipperling as Endangered 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.

 

The Poweshiek skipperling has been proposed to be listed as endangered. During preparation of a status assessment in 2005, there was evidence that populations were declining throughout its range, particularly in Iowa and Minnesota. Data since then confirms sharp population declines in most of its range.  Of particular concern is its apparent disappearance from the majority of sites in the heart of it range in Iowa, Minnesota, and South Dakota.

 

Proposal to List Poweshiek Skipperling as Endangered and Proposal to Designate Critical Habitat

 

Poweshiek Skipperling Fact Sheet

 

Saving Minnesota's Prairie Butterflies - Minnesota Zoo

 


 

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Last updated: April 1, 2014