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Baltimore checkerspot soon to arrive

This beautiful example of a Baltimore checkerspot was perched on a thick blade of grass in the wet meadow behind my house where I have found turtlehead flowers blooming.
This beautiful example of a Baltimore checkerspot was perched on a thick blade of grass in the wet meadow behind my house where I have found turtlehead flowers blooming.
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Today, I introduce you to one of our most dazzling local butterflies — the Baltimore checkerspot (Euphydryas phaeton). I am starting this challenge early so you have a chance to keep your eyes out for this little treasure during its short flight time. Before I go any further with the species, however, I suppose I really have to explain the name of this butterfly. I’m guessing that you’ve heard of Christopher Columbus, the great explorer ...

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