Cheryl Harner's Flora and Butterfly Blog
Weedpicker's Journal: Discover the native plants of Ohio and the butterflies that utilize them.
Karner Kwest July 13, 2008

One more trip back to Kitty Todd and the Oaks. With all the rarities per square foot, it is not hard to believe that eventually you would get a photo of an endangered species on an endangered species.

The Karner Blue butterfly, Lycaeides melissa samuelis is an exclusive butterfly indeed. This little blue wonder is closely tied to its host plant Wild Lupine, Lupinus perennis and when the lupines fell into decline, due to urbanization and overgrowth of their sand barren habitats, the blues completely disappeared. Now a federally listed plant, wild lupine is nurtured along at Kitty Todd, where the once extirpated Karner Blue butterfly has been re-introduced with little blues raised at the Toledo Zoo.

Another of the rare and endangered plants which grow freely at the Oaks region is Dotted Horsemint, Monarda punctata. An unusual mint, with showy pink or white bracts held above the yellow flowers with purplish dots. Once seen, this is a plant you will never forget. Add a Karner Blue butterfly and... instant bliss. Butterflying just doesn't get any better than this. :)

2008-07-14 02:15:15 GMT
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