The VA Division of Natural Heritage has recently launched a new atlas guide to Rare Butterflies, Skippers, Moths, Dragonflies & Damselflies of Virginia that contains 21 butterflies and 14 skippers of special concern in the Commonwealth. Many of them are of concern in other areas of the mid-Atlantic as well. The atlas includes such species as Pink-edged Sulphur, Mottled Duskywing, and Helicta Satyr.
The Virginia Wildlife Action Plan identifies 57 species of Lepidoptera and 76 species of Odonata as Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN). Nearly all of these, plus 60 additional species are tracked as“natural heritage elements” by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, Division of Natural Heritage.
In November 2010, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) contracted with the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, Division of Natural Heritage (DCR-DNH) to determine the historical and current distribution of all Lepidoptera and Odonata of Virginia that are SGCN and/or tracked by DCR-DNH (i.e. rare species). This information would also be made available to the public, researchers, conservation agencies and organizations, and other interested parties via this web-accessible Atlas of Rare Butterflies, Skippers, Moths, Dragonflies & Damselflies of Virginia.