Poweshiek skipperling (Oarisma poweshiek)

This stunningly photogenic individual provides us with an opportunity to see the characteristics that make the poweshiek skipperling stand apart from other skippers, including and especially the white-scaled veins on the underside of the wings. We also see the characteristics that this skipperling shares with other skippers, including the wing angles at rest, compound eyes, and stocky body with modified scales.

More importantly, we have the opportunity to see an individual that is only found in a specific, rare habitat. An individual that is one of only a few remaining on small, disconnected sunny plots of prairie fen in a single county in southern Michigan. We see the slightest sliver of our natural history at risk of extinction, and a reminder of why we keep such wild places wild.

For more information, visit these fact sheets by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Michigan Natural Features Inventory.

Poweshiek skipperling (Oarisma poweshiek), Oakland County, MI

Poweshiek skipperling (Oarisma poweshiek), Oakland County, MI

Poweshiek skipperling (Oarisma poweshiek), Oakland County, MI

Poweshiek skipperling (Oarisma poweshiek), Oakland County, MI

Poweshiek skipperling (Oarisma poweshiek), Oakland County, MI

Poweshiek skipperling (Oarisma poweshiek), Oakland County, MI

Poweshiek skipperling (Oarisma poweshiek), Oakland County, MI

Poweshiek skipperling (Oarisma poweshiek), Oakland County, MI

Poweshiek skipperling (Oarisma poweshiek), Oakland County, MI

Poweshiek skipperling (Oarisma poweshiek), Oakland County, MI

Poweshiek skipperling (Oarisma poweshiek), Oakland County, MI

Poweshiek skipperling (Oarisma poweshiek), Oakland County, MI

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