Butterfly may end up as endangered species

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Staff | November 11, 2013

WALWORTH COUNTY--An inch-long butterfly that used to thrive in spots in southeastern Wisconsin—including Walworth County—has seen populations drop so dramatically it is being proposed for protection as an endangered species, according to a story in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

The Poweshiek skipperling could once be found in an area that stretched from Canada to Iowa, but its population has shrunk to 10 percent of its former range because of the loss of native prairie land.

In Wisconsin, the tiny brown butterfly is found in two locations of the southern Kettle Moraine Forest in Waukesha County and a natural area in Green Lake County, leading the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to propose the Poweshiek skipperling to be declared an “endangered” species.

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