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Any of various nymphalid butterflies of the tribe Melitaeini of the Americas and Eurasia, having a spotted or checkered pattern on the wings.
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The program has been so successful that a second butterfly recovery program for the endangered Taylor's checkerspot butterfly was established this March at Coffee Creek.
Adult emergence phenology in checkerspot butterflies: the effects of macroclimate, topoclimate, and population history.
(4) To name just one instance among many, when the ecologist James Steele offered a rebuttal to the claims of a butterfly ecologist, Camille Parmesan (Parmesan 1996), that blamed climate change for threatening the Edith's checkerspot butterfly with extinction, he was immediately attacked as a "denier" (Ridley 2015a).
Ross works with endangered butterflies such as Fender's Blue (above), Taylor's Checkerspot and Leona's Little Blue.
Spatial pattern in checkerspot butterfly-host plant association at local, metapopulation and regional scales.
The streaked horned lark, Mazama pocket gopher and Taylor's checkerspot butterfly survive on only 3 percent of the historic 91,000-acre prairie habitat that remains, most of it inside the 414,000-acre base.
It even expects growing expenditures for protecting endangered species, citing declining populations of Edith's checkerspot butterfly.
The target species are Taylor's checkerspot (TCS; Euphydryas editha taylori), Mazama pocket gopher (MPG; Thomomys mazama), and streaked horned lark (SHL; Eremophila alpestris strigata).
Other "[potential climate refugees include the American pika (Ochotona princeps), bighorn sheep, red wolves (Cards lupus rufus), San Bernardino flying squirrels (Glaucomys sabrinus calif amicus'), Quino checkerspot butterflies (Euphydryas editha quino), and white bark pine (Pinus albicaulis Zellmer, supra note 21, at 341.
The Baltimore checkerspot butterfly is slowly vanishing from the state that gave it its name.
About an hour's drive from Ulrich's former cell, a women's prison works with the Oregon Zoo in Portland on a project raising and releasing endangered Taylor's checkerspot butterflies.