Sonora Skipper (Polites sonora) is listed as Special Concern in Canada on Schedule 1 of the Species at Risk Act (SARA) and designated as Special Concern by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC). In British Columbia, the conservation status rank of Sonora Skipper is S1S2 (imperiled) and the species is on the provincial Red list. The B.C. Conservation Framework ranks Sonora Skipper as a priority 1 under goal 3 (maintain the diversity of native species and ecosystems). It is also listed as a species which requires special management attention to address the impacts of forest and range activities under the Forest and Range Practices Act (FRPA) and/or the impacts of oil and gas activities under the Oil and Gas Activities Act (OGAA) on crown land (as described in the Identified Wildlife Management Strategy).
Sonora Skipper is a small butterfly with a 2.5-3.0 cm wingspan. The dorsal wing surfaces are a mottled rusty orange and brown and have black wing margins. The ventral wing surfaces are tawny and pale, with olive-green margins. The flight period is from late June through mid-August with one generation per year. The flight period is correlated with the flowering period of larval and nectar host plants, which are unconfirmed in B.C. ...
The management goal is to ensure the persistence of Sonora Skipper at all known (and new) locations throughout the species range in B.C.
The management objectives are:
1. To ensure the protection for the known sites (and new sites) and habitats of Sonora Skipper; 2. To assess, confirm, and mitigate the extent of threats at all locations in B.C.; and 3. To address knowledge gaps (e.g., habitat requirements, range extent) for Sonora Skipper.
Ministry of Environment. 2013. Management Plan for Sonora Skipper (Polites sonora) in British Columbia. Province of BC. Management Plan (Species at risk)
Topic: Species and Ecosystems at Risk
Keywords: updated, 2014
Scientific Name: Polites sonora
English Name: Sonora Skipper
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