I’m interested in the role ex situ conservation strategies can play in conserving wildlife. I am particularly interested in imperiled prairie butterflies and my work is focused around the Federally Threatened Dakota skipper, Hesperia dacotae. Very little is known about the general biology of this prairie endemic butterfly and subsequently, how best to conserve it. I am working to answer key questions about what species of grasses Dakota skippers host on and how they are utilized during the skipper’s nearly yearlong larval period. A better understating of Dakota skipper host dynamics will be informative in prairie management and optimizing captive management protocols.