Zabulon Skipper Moves North

Zabulon Skipper

Male Zabulon Skipper surveys from his perch

Climate change is already having an impact on some butterfly species.  A study in Massachusetts noted that many of the species with a northern distribution were declining while those with more southern distribution were increasing.  One of the species on the increase in Massachusetts is the Zabulon Skipper, Poanes zabulon. In cooler climates, it is limited to only two broods, but may have more in warmer climates. In areas where the frost free period extends later into the fall, an additional generation can boost the population. Zabulon skippers are not common in Tippecanoe County, Indiana, but a string of recent sightings suggests that they are more common now than previous. We hope to see some of these skippers at our Butterfly Encounter tomorrow, July 18th.

About jjneal

Jonathan Neal is an Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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