The Ottoe skipper, Dakota skipper and Poweshiek skipperling (pictured) are small prairie butterflies with wingspans about as wide as a toonie (ranging from 21 to 35 millimetres). Like all butterflies, these species go through several stages of transformation: from caterpillar to pupa to adult. During these stages, they depend on prairie-specific plants. Eggs are laid on the underside of grasses that sustain the caterpillars that emerge, while adults feed on the nectar of a variety of native flowering plants.
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