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Karner Blue Butterfly

New Hampshire State Butterfly

Karner blue butterfly; photo by Joel Trick / U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Midwest Region on Flickr (use permitted with attribution). All State Insects

Official State Butterfly of New Hampshire

The endangered karner blue butterfly (Lycaeides melissa samuelis) was designated the official state butterfly of New Hampshire in 1992. A small butterfly that lives in oak savannas and pine barren ecosystems, the karner blue butterfly is found in small isolated colonies in New Hampshire.

Also called the melissa blue, karner blue butterflies range from eastern Minnesota and eastward to the Atlantic seaboard. All State Insects