NABOKV-L post 0015446, Fri, 31 Aug 2007 09:41:15 -0400

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named by novelist and lepidopterist Vladimir Nabokov ...
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Harmonia's Cuppa Tea <http://harmonia.wordpress.com/>
*http://harmonia.wordpress.com/2007/08/30/karner-blue-butterfly/*<http://harmonia.wordpress.com/2007/08/30/karner-blue-butterfly/>
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Karner Blue Butterfly<http://harmonia.wordpress.com/2007/08/30/karner-blue-butterfly/>

[image: karner]

I remember when I was in 3rd grade we had a guy who talked to us about
Butterflies…he brought his collection…they were pinned to a board. I
remember thinking way back then…something doesn't seem right about this. I
guess I was naive at the time and thought they died of "natural causes" but
no, they were caught, and killed, for this person's collection. I still
think about that day. I still squirm.

This is an endangered Karner Blue Butterfly. Yes, it's endangered…officially
on the list.

It can be found in New Jersey, the Great Lakes Region, and Southern New
Hampshire, as well as the Capitol District of New York.

The butterfly, whose lifecycle depends on the wild blue
lupine<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupin>flower (Lupinus perennis),
is classified as an endangered
species <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Endangered_species>.

The efforts, the name, and why they are endangered:

Local conservation efforts, concentrating on replanting large areas of blue
lupine which have been lost to development (and to fire suppression, which
destroys the open, sandy habitat required by blue lupine), are having modest
success at encouraging the butterfly's repopulation. The Karner Blue,
(*Lycaeides
melissa samuelis <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lycaeides_melissa_samuelis>*),
is the official state butterfly of New
Hampshire<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Hampshire>.
The Necedah National Wildlife
Refuge<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Necedah_National_Wildlife_Refuge>in
central
Wisconsin <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wisconsin> is home to the world's
largest population of Karner Blues, who benefit from its vast area of
savannah and extensive lupine.

[image: karner]

The Karner Blue was first identified and named by novelist and lepidopterist
Vladimir Nabokov <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vladimir_Nabokov>. The name
originates from Karner, the former name of Guilderland, New
York<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guilderland%2C_New_York>,
where it was first discovered. Lupine blooms in late May. There are two
generations of Karner Blues per year. The first in late May to mid June. The
second from mid-July to mid-August.

There are two interesting articles I found. One regarding them making a
comeback <http://www.nature.org/magazine/spring2007/features/art20021.html>and
the other them returning
to Ohio<http://www.nature.org/wherewework/northamerica/states/ohio/science/art20046.html>
.

[image: karner]

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