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					Karner Blue Butterfly
 Lycaeides
  melissa
 samuelis

(background info.)
Taxonomic classification
   Kingdom – Animalia
     Phylum – Arthropoda
        Class – Insecta

          Order – Lepidoptera

            Family – Lycaenidae

            Genus – Lycacides

            Species – Lycacides melissa
            Appearance
       male         female
   Silvery to dark blue       Grayish brown to
    top with narrow black       blue top, irregular
    margins                     band of orange
                                crescents inside the
                                black margin
                                (pic. next slide)
Female – Karner Blue
Appearance (cont’d.)
   Underside – gray with a continuous band of
    orange crescents and black spots circled
    with white.
   Wingspan ~1”
Reproduction
   2 hatches per year
      1st – hatch in April from eggs laid
       the previous year.
        Pupate mid-May

        Adult – May/June
Reproduction
     2nd – hatch in mid to late June
       Pupate – early July

       Adult – late July

          Lay eggs that will hatch as the
           first generation the next April
Original Range
   Ohio            Wisconsin
   Indiana         Minnesota
   Michigan        Illinois
   New York        New Hampshire
Habitat
Requires regions of wild lupine
(Lupinus perennis) that has a winter
snow pack. Such as the “Oak openings”
(oak savannas) of N.W. Ohio
(Lucas and Fulton counties)
Status
   Endangered
       Listed in 1992 on
        Federal and Ohio
        endangered species
        lists.
       Last seen in Ohio in
        1988
           Reintroduced in 1998
           1st U.S.
            reintroduction was in
            Ohio.

				
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