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Karner Blue Federal High Potential Range (Karner Blue Federal High Potential Range)



The Karner Blue Butterfly (Lycaeides melissa samuelis) is a Federally Endangered and Wisconsin Special Concern Species. The Karner Blue Butterfly High Potential Range (HPR) was developed through a model to identify areas where the Karner Blue Butterfly has the highest probability of occurrence. It does not represent the species distribution. The HPR includes portions of 20 counties. Please visit the general Karner Blue website for species information.

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 Federal High Potential Range (Karner Blue Federal High Potential Range). 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 occurrences of this species meet NHI data standards and is not meant as a comprehensive map of all observations.

Note: Species recently added to the NHI Working List may temporarily have blank occurrence maps.

Documented locations of Karner Blue Federal High Potential Range in the Natural Heritage Inventory Database as of July 2015.
Summary Information
State StatusNA
Federal Status in WisconsinHPR
State RankSNR
Global RankGNR
Tracked by NHIY

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A guidance document is not available at this time. Use the information from the other tabs and contact local biologists, as needed, to develop management and avoidance strategies.

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Karner Blue Federal High Potential Range

Karner Blue Butterfly Federal High Potential Range, 2019.

Photo by  staff, WDNR.

Karner Blue Federal High Potential Range

Photo ©  State Natural Areas staff.

Last revised: Thursday, July 23, 2020