Endangered Species Program
Conserving the Nature of America

Featured Species | Karner Blue Butterfly (07:11)

Host: Sarah Leon with Cathy Carnes

Karner Blue Butterfly (click to view larger)
Karner blue butterfly
Photo credit: Paul Labus, The Nature Conservancy, Indiana


Status: Endangered/ Listed on December 14, 1992
Scientific Name: Lycaeides melissa samuelis
Description: The Karner blue is a small blue insects with a wingspan of about one inch. Habitat throughout the range of the Karner blue has been lost through human activity to suppress wildfire, cultivate forests and develop communities.
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Last updated: April 7, 2011