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Barely known and almost extinct, the Half-Moon Hairstreak Butterfly and its seductive features are currently one of 320 species on the endangered list in Canada. With little conservation efforts, research, and the decline of our previously dynamic ecosystems, most species will be extinct before having the capacity to learn about them.

2010 Kim Davis & Mike Stangeland

2010 Kim Davis & Mike Stangeland

The conversion of natural areas for residential, commercial, agricultural and industrial development poses a large problem in the growth of our mammals, reptiles, birds, fish and insects. By learning about these endangered creatures, we can take action by being mindful of their territory and habitat.


If the extirpation of a population from a site is caused by habitat loss/degradation, then that site will not be recolonized until suitable habitat becomes once again available, and even then it may not happen if the source population is more than a few kilometers away.
— COSEWIC Assessment & Status Report 2006

This is a typical habitat of the Half-Moon Hairstreak in Oregon, USA, were the population status is healthy. 2010 Kim Davis & Mike Stangeland

This is a typical habitat of the Half-Moon Hairstreak in Oregon, USA, were the population status is healthy.
2010 Kim Davis & Mike Stangeland

 

Although Half-Moon sightings are a rarity, they can be found in the following areas and great care should be taken when visiting so not to disrupt vegetation further.

1.    White Lake (East and West), BC

2.    Keremeos Columns, BC

3.    Blind Creek, BC

4.    Richter Pass & Mount Kobau & Kilpoola, BC

5.    Kilpoola Lake, BC

6.    Chopaka East, BC

7.    Anarchist Mountain, BC

8.    East Osoyoos, BC

9.    Blakiston Fan, Waterton Lakes National Park, AB

Helping create awareness for this species will help others that thrive in similar ecosystems and, in turn, aid in the regrowth of local flora and fauna.