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Karner Blue (Lycaeides melissa samuelis)


Overview

Overview


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.

State status

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.

Documented locations of Lycaeides melissa samuelis in the Natural Heritage Inventory Database as of March 2012.

Summary Information
State StatusSC/FL
Federal Status in WisconsinLE
State RankS3
Global RankG5T2
Tracked by NHIY

Photos / Video

Photos


Karner Blue  [Photo #9922]

Female Karner blue butterfly on lupine.

Photo by Gregor Schuurman, WDNR.

Karner Blue  [Photo #9502]

Female Karner blue butterfly.

Photo by Gregor Schuurman, WDNR.

Karner Blue  [Photo #9503]

The thumb of Wisconsin DNR biologist Gregor Schuurman became an attractive perch for this Karner blue butterfly. The Karner is a US Endangered species.

Photo by Gregor Schuurman, WDNR.

Karner Blue  [Photo #9504]

Male Karner blue butterfly (US Endangered; WI Special Concern), nectaring on native flowering spurge.

Photo by Gregor Schuurman, WDNR.

Karner Blue  [Photo #13299]

Karner Blue larva close-up with ant.

Photo © Cathy Bleser.

Karner Blue  [Photo #13466]

Karner Blue, below. Waushara County.

Photo © Mike Reese.

Karner Blue  [Photo #13160]

Two male Karner adults.

Photo by  staff, WDNR.

Karner Blue  [Photo #13300]

Karner Blue habitat.

Photo © Ann Swengel.

Karner Blue  [Photo #13301]

Male Karner Blue nectaring.

Photo by Eric Epstein, WDNR.

Karner Blue  [Photo #13307]

Female Karner Blue butterfly.

Photo by Thomas Meyer, WDNR.

Karner Blue  [Photo #13308]

Karner Blue - male, above, at Fort McCoy.

Photo © Ann Swengel.

Karner Blue  [Photo #13309]

Karner Blue - female, above.

Photo © Ann Swengel.

Karner Blue  [Photo #13310]

Karner Blue - female, above; Black River.

Photo © Ann Swengel.

Karner Blue  [Photo #13311]

Karner Blue - male, above.

Photo © Ann Swengel.

Karner Blue  [Photo #13312]

Early Karner Blue butterfly instar.

Photo © Ann Swengel.

Karner Blue  [Photo #13326]

Karner egg on Lupine.

Photo by Kelly Kearns, WDNR.

Karner Blue  [Photo #13329]

Karner Blue butterfly larva being tended by ants.

Photo © Cathy Bleser.

Karner Blue  [Photo #13330]

Underside, Karner Blue on lupine.

Photo © Ann Swengel.

Karner Blue  [Photo #13441]

Karner Blue habitat. Pine Barrens in Adams County.

Photo by  staff, WDNR.

Karner Blue  [Photo #13473]

Karner Blue larva.

Photo © Ann Swengel.

Karner Blue  [Photo #13475]

Female Karner Blue.

Photo © Ann Swengel.

Karner Blue  [Photo #13476]

Karner Blue eggs on Lupine petiole.

Photo © Ann Swengel.

Karner Blue  [Photo #13606]

Karner Blue butterfly habitat - Sandhill Bison Unit (4S) from tower looking Northeast.

Photo © Ann Swengel.

Karner Blue  [Photo #13493]

Karner Blue, female above.

Photo © Mike Reese.

Karner Blue  [Photo #13494]

Karner Blue, above. Waushara County.

Photo © Mike Reese.

Karner Blue  [Photo #9836]

The endangered Karner Blue Butterfly.

Photo by Thomas Meyer, WDNR.


Last revised: Tuesday, October 07, 2014