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Wisconsin's rare butterflies and moths

Butterflies and moths on Wisconsin's Natural Heritage Working List – last revised May 2016. Life history, where they are found in the state, photos and management information is available for many of these species. Please consider sharing your observations [exit DNR] with the NHI Program.

Click on the table headings to sort the table or sort taxonomically. Choose a species from the list to explore information for that animal. View the table key.
Scientific Name Common Name Global
WWAP Mapped in NHI
Erora laeta Early Hairstreak GU SU r-SIN N
Bagisara gulnare A Noctuid Moth GU S1S2 SC/N SGCN Y
Selicanis cinereola Selicanis Moth GNR SU r-SIN N
Acrocercops pnosmodiella Marbleseed Leafminer GNR SU r-SIN N
Lycaeides melissa melissa Melissa Blue G5T5 SU r-SIN N
Hemileuca nevadensis ssp. 3 Midwestern Fen Buckmoth G5T3T4 S3 SC/N SGCN Y
Lycaeides melissa samuelis Karner Blue G5T2 S3 LE SC/FL SGCN Y
Tricholita notata Marked Noctuid G5 SU r-SIN N
Danaus plexippus Monarch G5 SU r-SIN N
Oeneis chryxus Chryxus Arctic G5 S3 SC/N SGCN Y
Lycaena dione Gray Copper G5 S2 SC/N SGCN Y
Lycaeides idas Northern Blue G5 S1 END SGCN Y
Pygarctia spraguei Sprague's Pygarctica G5 S2 SC/N SGCN Y
Erynnis persius Persius Dusky Wing G5 S3 SC/N SGCN Y
Chlosyne gorgone Gorgone Checker Spot G5 S3 SC/N SGCN Y
Catocala semirelicta Semirelict Underwing Moth G5 S2S3 SC/N SGCN Y
Boloria chariclea Arctic Fritillary G5 S3 SC/N SGCN Y
Polites origenes Cross Line Skipper G4G5 S3 SC/N SGCN Y
Atrytonopsis hianna Dusted Skipper G4G5 S3 SC/N SGCN Y
Resapamea stipata The Four-lined Cordgrass Borer Moth G4 SU r-SIN N
Photedes enervata A Noctuid Moth G4 SU r-SIN N
Catocala amestris Three-staff Underwing G4 SU r-SIN N
Dichagyris grotei A Noctuid Moth G4 SU r-SIN N
Cycnia inopinatus Unexpected Cycnia Moth G4 SU r-SIN N
Schinia lucens Leadplant Flower Moth G4 S3 SC/N SGCN Y
Schinia bina Bina Flower Moth G4 S2S3 SC/N SGCN Y
Hesperia metea Cobweb Skipper G4 S2 SC/N SGCN Y
Grammia phyllira Phyllira Tiger Moth G4 S2 SC/N SGCN Y
Erynnis lucilius Columbine Dusky Wing G4 S2S3 SC/N SGCN Y
Catocala abbreviatella Abbreviated Underwing Moth G4 S3 SC/N SGCN Y
Photedes inops Spartina Borer Moth G3G4 SU r-SIN N
Dargida rubripennis Pink-streak G3G4 SU m-SIN N
Papaipema silphii Silphium Borer Moth G3G4 S2S3 END SGCN Y
Hesperia ottoe Ottoe Skipper G3G4 S1 END SGCN Y
Problema byssus Byssus Skipper G3G4 S2S3 SC/N SGCN Y
Cerma cora Owl-eyed Bird Dropping Moth G3G4 S3 SC/N SGCN Y
Catocala whitneyi Whitney's Underwing Moth G3G4 S3 SC/N SGCN Y
Acronicta dolli Doll's Merolonche G3G4 S3? SC/N SGCN Y
Pieris virginiensis West Virginia White G3? S3 SC/N SGCN Y
Ptichodis bistrigata A Noctuid Moth G3 SU r-SIN N
Psectraglaea carnosa Pink Sallow G3 SU r-SIN N
Papaipema sciata Culvers Root Borer G3 SU r-SIN N
Speyeria idalia Regal Fritillary G3 S1 SOC END SGCN Y
Erynnis martialis Mottled Dusky Wing G3 S2 SC/N SGCN Y
Callophrys irus Frosted Elfin G3 S1 THR SGCN Y
Calephelis muticum Swamp Metalmark G3 S1 SOC END SGCN Y
Euchlaena milnei A Looper Moth G2G4 SU r-SIN N
Schinia indiana Phlox Moth G2G4 S2S3 END SGCN Y
Papaipema beeriana Liatris Borer Moth G2G3 S2S3 SC/N SGCN Y
Dichagyris reliqua A Noctuid Moth G2G3 S2 SC/N SGCN Y
Copablepharon michiganensis A Noctuid Moth G1G2 SU r-SIN N
Oarisma poweshiek Poweshiek Skipperling G1 S1 LE END SGCN Y

Rank and status: To learn more about species rank and status, see the working list key. WWAP: (Wisconsin Wildlife Action Plan): SGCN (Species of Greatest Conservation Need) and monitoring and ranking SIN (Species with Information Needs). Mapped in NHI: (Natural Heritage Inventory): Y = Observations of these species are mapped into the NHI database.

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Last revised: Wednesday, February 07, 2018