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6-11 Swamp Metalmark Butterfly

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Marker Details

Title, side A
Cedar Bog Nature Preserve
Title, side B
Same
Address
980 Woodburn Road
Urbana, 43078
Location
At entrance to the Preserve
Latitude
40.0556800
Longitude
-83.7921680
Subjects
Bogs, Swamps, Urbana

Picture Details

Title
Swamp Metalmark Butterfly
Caption
Specimen of the swamp metalmark butterfly. This species has a wingspan of 0.6 to 0.8 inches (1.5 to 2 cm). The swamp metalmark, whose Latin name is Calephelis muticum, is an endangered species in Ohio and may be extirpated (existing elsewhere but not in Ohio). Currently, it can only be found in Cedar Bog State Memorial in Champaign County, usually between June and August, peaking in July. This species prefers to live in swampy areas and eats the swamp thistle and roadside thistle. This butterfly is also threatened by the draining of swamp land for agricultural and other purposes. It is a member of the Riodinidae (metalmark) family. This specimen was collected by J. W. Enke, July 27, 1935 (M00094).