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Karner blue butterfly (Lycaeides melissa samuelis)
Keep an eye on flowers at Necedah National Wildlife Refuge in Wisconsin during the months of early May and August and you just might spy a Karner blue! This beautiful endangered species is only about the size of a quarter. Its pale blue markings of the male butterfly make it stand out among the purple lupine flowers that bloom in April.
The refuge is home to the world’s largest population of this butterfly thanks in part due to its abundance of the wild lupine plants on which the butterfly is entirely dependent. Check them out on the Lupine Loop Trail.
Photo: Anna Muñoz/USFWS