When the beautiful orange-and-black checkered Baltimore Checkerspot was named Maryland's official state insect in 1973, the butterfly was common in much of Maryland in its upland, wet meadow habitat. Since then, the species has dwindled throughout the Mid-Atlantic, the consequences of development pressures, deer over-population, gypsy moth control, and other factors. Once known in 15 Maryland counties, the butterfly has recently been found in only five. Pat Durkin, founder and director of the Baltimore Checkerspot Restoration Project and long-time MNPS member, will give a presentation on the Baltimore Checkerspot's natural history, its larval host plants, and what is being done to improve its outlook in Maryland.
Location: White Oak Library - Large Meeting Room
Directions: Exit the Washington Beltway at New Hampshire Ave (exit 28). Go north about 2 miles. The library is the first building on the right, once you have passed under Route 29, just after the Sears store.
There will be refreshments and door prizes. Pot luck refreshments are always welcome.
The meeting is open to non-members.
Meetings take place on the last Tuesday of each month.