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Feature Story

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Protects

Two Prairie Butterfly Species

Under Endangered species Act

Dakota Skipper on a purple coneflower.

Dakota skippers live in scattered, isolated patches of high quality

prairie in the Dakotas, western Minnesota and southern Canada.

Photo courtesy of Cale Nordmeyer/Minnesota Zoo

 

October 23, 2014

 

The Dakota skipper is now protected as threatened and the Poweshiek skipperling is protected as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today. Both species are butterflies that depend on prairie habitat and have suffered population declines due to loss and degradation of their native grasslands.

 

Found in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Canada, the Dakota skipper’s numbers have declined dramatically; it no longer occurs on almost 75 percent of the sites where it was previously found.

 

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Dakota Skipper and Poweshiek Skipperling Listed Under ESA

 

 

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Last updated: October 23, 2014