Researchers at the University of Maryland have launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise $5,000 to help bring the state insect back to College Park.
- Establish and hand-rear several colonies of Baltimore Checkerspot butterflies on campus;
- Purchase and raise the butterfly’s host plant—the white turtlehead (Chelone glabra)—in greenhouse space on campus;
- Build at least three enclosures that will protect the white turtlehead plants from deer; and
- Create protected meadows on campus that feature the white turtlehead.
This crowdfunding campaign is supported by researchers in Entomology Assistant Professor Dennis vanEngelsdorp’s laboratory; members of PollinaTerps, a group working to build a pollinator-friendly community on campus; and the University of Maryland Arboretum led by Carin Celebuski.
The researchers will also collaborate with the Smithsonian Institution and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources to rear and release Baltimore Checkerspot caterpillars into the enclosures in the next few years.
The team’s crowdfunding campaign runs through May 8. You can support the team at any time by visiting the Launch UMD page.
Dennis vanEngelsdorp’s laboratory
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