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Mitchell satyr

Photo courtesy of Chris Hoving; Michigan DNR


Mitchell's Satyr (Neonympha mitchellii mitchellii)


The Mitchell’s satyr is a very rare butterfly and fen habitat specialist (in northern the portion of its range) that is threatened with, among other things, the loss and disruption of suitable fen habitats. Prairie fen is also a very rare wetland and vegetation community.

Satyr populations in the northern part of the range have decreased drastically; however, multiple new populations of what appears to be Mitchell’s satyr continue to be discovered in the southeastern U.S. (Alabama, Mississippi, and Virginia). Ongoing genetics research will confirm and compare the taxonomy of the southern butterflies.


Mitchell's Satyr Facts

Mitchell's Satyr Fact Sheet


Mitchell's Satyr Brochure - Michigan DNR and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


Species Profile (links to National USFWS Endangered Species website)


Mitchell's Satyr Recovery

Programmatic Safe Harbor Agreement in Michigan Adobe PDF Icon (August 2016)


Mitchell's satyr 5-Year Review (Aug. 29, 2014)


Mitchell's Satyr Recovery Plan (April 1998) PDF: 7.9 MB; 81 pages


Private Stewardship Grant (May 2007): Restoring Southeast Michigan’s High Diversity Landscapes Through Collaborative Stewardship – Hillsdale, Jackson, Lenawee, Oakland, and Washtenaw Counties, Michigan


Recovery Land Acquisition Grant (2006): Conservation Easement Acquisition for Mitchell’s Satyr (Washtenaw County, MI)


Private Stewardship Grant (2005): Cotton Lake Fen and Prairie Restoration (Calhoun County, Michigan)


Michigan Habitat Conservation Plan

Mitchell's Satyr Rangewide Habitat Conservation Plan


Mitchell's Satyr Rangewide Habitat Conservation Plan in Michigan - links to Michigan DNR website


Slideshow about the Mitchell's Satyr Rangewide HCP in Michigan - links to Michigan DNR website



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Last updated: March 12, 2018