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Euphyes dukesiDukes' 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
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.
Moist wooded and grassy habitats. Requirement of sedges to feed on for the larval stage.
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).
Rare throughout it's range, this skipper has scattered populations in the Eastern United State and Southeastern Canada.
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.
“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.