Field Journal- Butterfly Conservation Update

If ever there was an unassuming butterfly, it would be the Poweshiek skipperling. A small orange and brown butterfly with silvery stripes, they aren’t especially Read More


Science in Action! – Prairie Butterfly Conservation

How do you help an endangered species in the wild when most of their lifecycle has never been seen in the wild? Zoo-managed conservation populations Read More

Friday, May 21, 2021|Butterflies, Conservation, Pollinators|

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    Assiniboine Park Zoo and Minnesota Zoo breed Critically Endangered butterfly in managed care

Assiniboine Park Zoo and Minnesota Zoo breed Critically Endangered butterfly in managed care

The Poweshiek skipperling is a small grassland butterfly that is on the brink of extinction. It was once common across the Midwest but has apparently Read More


A Record Season for Butterfly Conservation

The Minnesota Zoo’s Prairie Butterfly Conservation Program has certainly not slowed down this summer! With record numbers of butterflies reared and released into the field, Read More


National Pollinator Week

Did you know that there are estimated to be approximately 200,000 species of pollinators?? Bees and butterflies might be the first that come to mind, Read More


A Flutter of Activity

While much of the world has slowed down over the past few months, there has been a recent flutter of activity for the Minnesota Zoo’s Read More


  • Permalink A Poweshiek skipperling caterpillar (left) before overwintering at the Minnesota Zoo and an adult Poweshiek skipperling (right) released in the wild.Gallery

    Frozen in Time – Overwintering Caterpillars at the Minnesota Zoo

Frozen in Time – Overwintering Caterpillars at the Minnesota Zoo

Did you know that many species of insects survive Minnesota winters by “hibernating” throughout the cold months? While some insects, such as the monarch butterfly, Read More


Time to wake up the caterpillars!

Many butterflies like Monarchs and Red Admirals migrate south to escape Minnesota’s frigid winters and return in the spring when the weather becomes gentler. Not Read More

Tuesday, May 7, 2019|Butterflies, Conservation|