Living With the Baltimore Checkerspot

Baltimore Checkerspot

Baltimore Checkerspot
Photo: Tom Whelan

The University of Maryland plans to initiate a project to bring the Baltimore Checkerspot to its campus in College Park, Maryland. The Baltimore Checkerspot, Euphydryas phaeton, is the Sate Insect of Maryland. The population has been declining, primarily due to loss of habitat. Turtlehead, a preferred host, is declining due to human development and feeding by deer. The Maryland project involves planting turtlehead in an area that excludes grazing by deer. An initial population will be introduced to the area by capture of wild gravid females, rearing caterpillars to adult in a laboratory and release of many adults. This project can be a valuable lesson in conservation and management of insect populations. Students will learn first hand about the need for habitat protection in the conservation of rare or declining species.

About jjneal

Jonathan Neal is an Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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