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Iowa skipper butterfly ‘canary in coal mine’: A warning sign of prairie loss consequences for farmers, wildlife alike

Ava Mandoli is a Dow Jones News Fund intern. Dennis Schlicht has been chasing butterflies for 50 years. Species he used to see everywhere — including the Iowa skipper, a yellow-orange, stamp-sized butterfly — are nowhere to be seen today.   The skipper’s only habitat is native prairie, an ecosystem that has been almost entirely destroyed […]