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Develope a checklist for local butterfly sightings

An Anicia checkerspot butterfly lands on John Baumann's ear while he was hiking in Glacier National Park. The butterfly hitched a ride for quite a while, he said. (Courtesy photo)
An Anicia checkerspot butterfly lands on John Baumann's ear while he was hiking in Glacier National Park. The butterfly hitched a ride for quite a while, he said. (Courtesy photo)

NATURE — Butterfly enthusiasts have developed a cool Butterflies and Moths of North America website that produces checklists of butterfly species documented for general or specific areas.

For example, by filling in the blanks on the site, one can see the 91 butterfly species that have been found in Spokane County over the years, as well as the list of 158 species documented in Washington.

In case you didn't see my Sunday feature on local butterfly groups, don't miss the “Wings of Beauty” program on butterflies April 14, 7 p.m., at the Spokane County Extension, 222 N. Havana St.

It's free, but sign up in advance by calling 477-2048 or email erik.sjoquist@wsu.edu

Other good sites to explore include:




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