History The Checkerspot Butterfly was named after the first Lord Baltimore. Its wing colors are orange, black & white It is the Maryland state insect because it is the most populated insect in Maryland and its wings are the same color as the Maryland flag The reason that it is becoming extinct is that its habitat is changing caused by global warming
L IFE C YCLE OF THE C HECKERSPOT B UTTERFLY The mother lays their eggs on a Turtlehead The eggs hatched and turn into caterpillars. They eat the turtleheads leaves. When they are ready, the caterpillars make a cocoon to turn into the butterfly When they are done. The new butterfly jumps out of the cocoon to start the cycle again
Biotic and Abiotic Factors Biotic Abiotic O Leaves, flowers, marsh plants, Butterflies, turtleheads In a butterfly habitat, there are biotic factors O Air, water, dirt, soil
Structural The antennae helps them collect pollen Small legs are too short for walking Thorax helps the butterfly extend their wings bigger Behavioral The Baltimore searches for a host plant They collect pollen Lay hundreds of eggs on its host plant so when the eggs hatch they can eat the plant STRUCTURAL AND BEHAVIORAL ADAPTATION
Montgomery County Park I think the Brookside Gardens is the best garden for these butterflies to build a habitat. This is the best park because it has many flowers for the butterfly to pollenate with or they could use it as their host plants. They also have a their very own garden just for butterflies so the butterflies could mate and lay eggs to increase the butterfly population. Location: 1800 Glenallan Avenue, Wheaton, MD 20902
This habitat will need a lot of open space and sunlight in order for the butterfly to breath and move around freely The supplies that will be needed are: Shovel to dig up the dirt Flowers; Turtleheads so they can lay eggs and eat and other flowers so they can pollenate Larval food: So the newborn can eat Water: EVERYONE NEEDS WATER
Environment Impact ProsCons When building the habitat, the population of the Checkerspot Butterfly will increase. The butterflies can reproduce the flowers so they can eat and increase the population of flowers for other organisms With all the collecting of flowers for the Baltimores habitat, the population of flowers will decrease, then other organism wont have anything to eat.
Conclusion From this project, I learned that the Baltimore Checkerspot Butterfly is a very fascinating and very unique To keep this butterfly from extinction, we need to keep our environment green by planting more flowers and trees. Also prevent global warming from increasing by turn off electronics when you are done using them. We also should build a lot of habitats so the butterflies can live and reproduce.