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Ecological Services Program in the Upper Midwest

 

Surveys Begin for a Rapidly Declining
Butterfly - Poweshiek Skipperling

Poweshiek skipperling

Photo courtesy of Minnesota Zoo; Erik Runquist

June 29, 2015

 

Prior to 2003, the Poweshiek skipperling was once so abundant that it was regarded as ‘‘the most frequently and reliably encountered prairie-obligate skipper in Minnesota’’ (Dana 2008). In North Daktota Poweshiek skipperling could ‘‘be collected two at a time on the blossoms of Longheaded coneflower ” (McCabe and Post 1977). Since 2003, however, the species was encountered less frequently, and then not observed at all, at nearly 300 of the locations where the species was once documented.

 

Biologists from the Twin Cities Field Office joined staff from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to survey a state natural area for the Poweshiek skipperling, an endangered prairie butterfly that has been rapidly declining from the landscape.

 

 

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Last updated: August 3, 2015