|Endangered Species: Appalachian Grizzled Skipper|
A Christiansburg Elementary Project
Submitted by Joseph
Christiansburg Elementary School, Christiansburg, U.S.A.
Photography courtesy of Virginia's Endangered Species
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The reason why I am doing this report is that it is a
class assignment, but I guess it will be sort of cool because I will learn
a lot about an endangered species that lives in my home state of Virginia.
If I do not do well on this report, then I will not get a good grade. I
am determined to do the best I can.
The wing size tip to tip of an average sized Appalachian
Grizzled Skipper is 14 to 15 millimeters long. I've seen a picture of this
butterfly, and it looks exactly like the one that is on the page. The major
color of the Appalachian Grizzled Skipper is black, and it has little white
spots and lines on it.
I guess that its only prey is certain types of flowers. Of course, the flowers are not actually its prey, because it does not eat them it just pollinates them. I think that it is no threat to anything.
Frogs and birds are its natural enemies because
the frogs and birds will eat it.
The reason for this poor and defenseless creature's endangerment
is people. The reason why I say that is because humans are it greatest
enemy. Humans spray this certain type of chemical that is used to kill
gypsy moths. It turns out that the Appalachian Grizzled Skipper is extremely
vulnerable to the type of poison that is used to kill moths. Habitat loss
also does not really cause Appalachian Grizzled Skipper's extirpation,
but at the rate people are building roads, it will not be that much longer
before habitat loss is a problem. Another reason the Appalachian Grizzled
Skipper is endangered is it is being captured for collections. Even though
it is not the greatest threat to this butterfly, it still is cruel. Because
people collect them, and just pin them to bulletin boards as if they are
an unimportant piece of paper. Habitat loss, and getting ate are not that
big of a problem. The real problem is a poison. The APPALACHIAN GRIZZLED
SKIPPER used to live in all parts of Virginia some parts of new York and
some parts of new jersey, but now because we have been spraying for gypsy
moths and on accident we wiped out most of this species.
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|Last updated on March 12, 1997|