Baltimore Checkerspot Butterfly Habitat Restoration
Maryland's state insect, the Baltimore Checkerspot Butterfly (Euphydryas phaeton), is one of the many pollinators struggling with habitat loss. Once abundant throughout Maryland, their colorful pattern even inspired the checkered pattern on the state flag! The checkerspot population, however, has declined decades due to the decline of their host plant, the white turtlehead (Chelone glabra). The white turtlehead is subject to over grazing by deer, urban expansion and competition from invasives. Turtlehead plots around campus are part of a larger effort to reintroduce the Baltimore Checkerspot to the area.