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38-48 Karner Blue Butterfly

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Marker Details

Title, side A
The Oak Openings Regions
Title, side B
Same
Address
SW corner of S McCord Road & Holly Drive
Holland, 43558
Location
Outside the fence of the NE part of Strawberry Acres Park
Latitude
41.6240730
Longitude
-83.7035240
Subjects
Holland, Prairies

Picture Details

Title
Karner Blue Butterfly
Caption
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).