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38-48 Karner Blue Butterfly

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Marker Details

Title, side A
Fowlers Mill Historic District
Title, side B
A.B. Carlson Building
Address
10750 Mayfield Road
Chardon, 44024
Location
Payne and Payne Builders Building
Latitude
41.5275640
Longitude
-81.2558060
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).