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Karner Blue (Lycaeides melissa samuelis)
Karner blue (Lycaeides melissa samuelis), butterfly listed as Federally Endangered and Special Concern in Wisconsin, has been found in pine barrens and oak savanna in close association with its larval hostplant lupine (Lupinus perennis). In Wisconsin, also found along utility and road right-of-ways, abandonded agricultural fields, and managed forests. This butterfly has two flight periods: adults are present from late May through late June and again from late July through late August.
Status and Natural Heritage Inventory documented occurrences in Wisconsin
The table below provides information about the protected status - both state and federal - and the rank (S and G Ranks) for Karner Blue (Lycaeides melissa samuelis). See the Working List Key for more information about abbreviations. Counties shaded blue have documented occurrences for this species in the Wisconsin Natural Heritage Inventory database. The map is provided as a general reference of where this species has been found to date and is not meant as a range map.
|Federal Status in Wisconsin||LE|
|Tracked by NHI||Y|
Links to additional Karner Blue information
- Karner Blue Butterfly Information from the Division of Forestry
- US Fish & Wildlife Service
- MN Department of Natural Resources
- Michigan Natural Features Inventory
- WisconsinButterflies.org Species Profile
- Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)
- NatureServe Explorer information