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Euphyes dukesi (Lindsey, 1923)

Dukes' Skipper

Federal Protection: No US federal protection

State Protection: No Georgia state protection

Global Rank: G3G4

State Rank: S2S3

SWAP High Priority Species (SGCN): Yes

Element Occurrences (EOs) in Georgia: 5

Habitat Summary for element in Georgia: Tidal shrub/swamp, brackish water


Description

Wingspan 3.8-4.5 cm.  Male body has a greenish tint, but females are brown.  Eggs are pale green and are laid singly on the underside of hedge leaves.  

Similar Species

Habitat

Moist wooded and grassy habitats.  Requirement of sedges to feed on for the larval stage.

Diet

Larvae are thought to feed on sedges.  In other states, the larvae of the more widespread subspecies have been observed to feed on  hairy sedge (Carex lacustris) and shoreline sedge (Carex hyalinolepis).

Life History

Survey Recommendations

Range

Rare throughout it's range, this skipper has scattered populations in the Eastern United State and Southeastern Canada.

Threats

Georgia Conservation Status

Conservation Management Recommendations

Although this species has no legal requirement for managing populations, it is recommended that efforts be taken to protect this species whereever it is found.

References

“Dukes' Skipper.” Xerces Society, xerces.org/endangered-species/species-profiles/at-risk-butterflies-moths/dukes-skipper.

USF Water Institute. “Alabama Butterfly Atlas.” Duke's Skipper - Alabama Butterfly Atlas, alabama.butterflyatlas.usf.edu/species/details/67/dukes-skipper.

Authors of Account

Anna Yellin

Date Compiled or Updated