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Date: Wed, 11 Jul 2018 15:51:56 -0400
From: 'Garry Kessler' via MassLep <masslep...>
Subject: [MassLep] Broad Meadow Brook Baltimore update

Today one of our last Baltimore checkerspots emerged from it's chrysalis
at Broad Meadow Brook in Worcester
http://garrykessler.zenfolio.com/p862720637/hb036a5cd#hb0c6ce2b

and the first of the next generation of caterpillars hatched from their
eggs.
http://garrykessler.zenfolio.com/p862720637/hb036a5cd#hb0c6ce36

So for this year, we started with about 25 caterpillars which we kept
netted throughout their development. Of these about 50% reached
adulthood, 25% escaped and we lost track of them (someone stole one of
our nets and some cats ran off and another net got disturbed and a few
more ran off) and about 25% appear to have died in the chrysalis stage.
These last chrysalis have turned dark and appear to no longer be
developing, but I'm still seeing what more I can learn about them.

Again my thanks to Don Adams for contributing the eggs that are
currently hatching out. We're excited to see if we can raise a full
generation over the course of the next year.

Garry Kessler
Westborough, MA

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