DAVIS, Okla., (KTEN)--

The Frosted Elfin Butterfly population has been in decline for years.

During a survey of State roads, the Oklahoma Frosted Eflin Survey Team spotted wild indigo, the host plant for the rare species, at OG&E’s Solar Farm in Davis. 

"The way that the Frosted Elfin uses the Wild Indigo plant and needs that plant is comparable to the way the Monarch uses milkweed,” Jeff Everett, OG&E’s Environmental Regulatory Manager, explained. “They lay eggs on the plant, and the caterpillars use the plant for food."

After the sighting, OG&E collaborated with the survey team to research the farm's butterfly population to help conserve the vulnerable species. 

“We went out, and they did a survey of the site, and we found a lot of the host plant, and while they were there, they also found a lot of the larvae of the butterfly as well,” Everett said.

OG&E dedicates portions of its properties to habitats for butterflies and other pollinators. 

"We try to manage it in a way that is environmentally responsible, and to have a group outside of our company notice that and come in and ask to do a survey, it kind of adds to the point that what we are doing is working," Everett said.