Iowa butterfly could become an endangered species

A skipper in Iowa. Photo by Gordilly, Flickr

A butterfly called the Poweshiek skipper could soon leave Iowa’s ecosystem. The butterfly was originally discovered in Iowa and used to be a common sight around the state.

It is now a candidate for protection via the Endangered Species Act, but many experts believe that it is too late to save their declining population.

The cause of the butterfly’s decline is unknown with theories ranging from climate change to controlled prairie burns.

For more information on the Poweshiek sipper’s history check out The Gazette’s article on their disappearance.

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