Swamp Metalmark Butterfly Calephelis muticum (Lephelisca muticum)   Save
Swamp Metalmark Butterfly Calephelis muticum (Lephelisca muticum)
Description: The swamp metalmark butterfly is an endangered species in Ohio and may be extirpated (existing elsewhere but not in Ohio). Currently, it can only be found in Cedar Bog State Memorial in Champaign County, usually between June and August, peaking in July. This species prefers to live in swampy areas and eats the swamp thistle Cirisum muticum and roadside thistle Cirisum altissimum. This butterfly is also threatened by the draining of swamp land for agricultural and other purposes. It is a member of the Riodinidae (metalmark) family and has a wingspan of 0.6 to 0.8 inches (1.5 to 2 cm). In Ohio there are more than 150 species of butterflies. Twenty-seven different species of butterflies representing five families can be found in the Ohio Memory Online Scrapbook, including all seven species of butterflies that are listed as endangered in Ohio. Butterflies are a part of the order Lepidoptera (from the Greek words lepis, which means scale and pteron, which means wing). There are nearly 17,500 species of butterflies world-wide. Approximately 750 of these can be found in North America. View on Ohio Memory.
Image ID: Om1360_1157129_053
Subjects: Plants and Animals; Butterflies; Insects; Riodinidae; Endangered species
Places: Logan County (Ohio); Champaign County (Ohio)