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Volunteers try to restore Maryland's vanishing butterfly

Volunteers try to restore Maryland's vanishing butterfly

Don't look now, but Maryland's state insect is fluttering away. The Baltimore Checkerspot butterfly, named for the state's founding Calvert family, has dwindled to just a handful of places, mostly in Western Maryland. Experts worry that the butterfly, once fairly common, may disappear entirely from the state. Pockets of dedicated butterfly lovers, though, are trying to slow or even reverse the decline by breeding the species in captivity. One such nursery is in a tent in back of an old maintenance shed at Black Hill Regional Park in Montgomery County. "Here's where the larvae are," said Barbara Kreiley, pointing out tiny caterpillars clinging to the stem of a...

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