Rare butterfly rests its wings in unique SE Michigan ecosystem

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The Poweshiek Skipperling is an endangered butterfly that lives mainly in prairie fen wetlands in southeast Michigan. Image: Dave Cuthrell, MSU Extension.

The Poweshiek Skipperling is an endangered butterfly that lives mainly in prairie fen wetlands in southeast Michigan. Image: Dave Cuthrell, MSU Extension.

We’re all familiar with the phrase “like finding a needle in a haystack.” Even if you’ve never actually searched for said needle, you can probably imagine how difficult the task can be.

Imagine the needle has wings and the haystack is a couple hundred acres wide. That pretty much sums up the environmental expedition Current State’s Kevin Lavery went on recently with a team of experts in search of a tiny butterfly that’s made it onto the U.S. endangered species list.

They were looking for a butterfly called the Poweshiek Skipperling. It’s only found in a half a dozen places on Earth, and two-thirds of them are in Michigan.

This story first appeared on WKAR’s Current Stateand is republished here with permission.

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