As a part of the Kreyer Creek Wetland Mitigation Bank project, 3.86 Acres of upland buffer are planned to be planted in the Fall of 2015 to the Karner Blue Butterfly's nectar and habitat species.  The Bank is located in Monroe County, WI within the boundaries of the Karner Blue Butterfly territory.  Please refer to the link on this website for the Kreyer Creek Mitigation Bank project for more information.

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Karner Blue Butterfly (Lycaeides melissa samuelis)

This is a photo of the male Karner Blue Butterfly.  Notice the identifying bands of orange spots on the underside of this wings.  They are about the size of a postage stamp.  They usually live about 5 - 7 days, but may live longer.  They feed on the nectar of the wildflowers and get their minerals from drying water puddles or dung.

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Wild Lupine (Lupinus perennis)

The wild lupine grows best in sandy soils with full sun but they are also found in areas that have been recently logged, grazed, cleared by fire or some other disturbance.  They are a member of the legume family.  They germinate in mid-April, and usually flowers in mid to late May.  The flower spikes can be 8 to 18 inches in height.

The wild lupine is the only food for the Karner Blue Caterpillar feeds on.  They feed for about 3 weeks, often accompanied and protected by ants that collect the sugary solution secreted by the caterpillar's bodies.