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Paul Labus Photo Karner blue-Female.jpg

Paul Labus Photo Karner blue-Female.jpg

Female Karner blue butterfly: These butterflies are native to the Eastern region of the United States, which includes the Indiana Dunes State Park. The caterpillars of the Karner blue eat only the leaves of the wild lupine plant, which grows at the Indiana Dunes.  

June 17, 2013 12:00 am
Paul Labus Photo Karner blue.jpg

Paul Labus Photo Karner blue.jpg

A Karner blue butterfly rests on a branch showing off the characteristic markings on the underside of its wings.

June 17, 2013 12:00 am
Paul Labus Photo Karner blue-Male.jpg

Paul Labus Photo Karner blue-Male.jpg

Male Karner Blue Butterfly: The Karner blue has been federally listed as an endangered species for more than two decades. This classification is due to factors including their small size, a decrease in the lupine plant population, and commercial and residential development.

June 17, 2013 12:00 am
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