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Title, side A
The Oak Openings Regions
Title, side B
SW corner of S McCord Road & Holly Drive
Holland, 43558
Outside the fence of the NE part of Strawberry Acres Park
Holland, Prairies

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Karner Blue Butterfly
The Karner blue Butterfly, whose Latin name is Lycaeides melissa samuelis, is an endangered species in both Ohio and the United States. It is a member of the Lycaenadae (gossamer winged) butterfly family and can be found only in locations where the soil is sandy and the lupine plant grows. The lupine is the Karner blue's only food source, and the plant is endangered in Ohio. By 1988, the species had been completely eliminated from Ohio. In 1997, a successful reintroduction project began. The Karner blue can be found only in the Oak Openings region of Lucas County (west of Toledo) during the months of May to July. This species has a wingspan of 1 to 1.4 inches (2.5 to 3.5 cm). This specimen was collected July 21, 1935 (M00072).