Biologists discover rare butterfly in Maine

WELLS, Maine (AP) - Scientists say they've found a species of butterfly in Maine 75 years after the last reported sighting in the state.

The state's Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Department set out last summer to confirm one way or the other whether the spicebush swallowtail lived in Maine. Maine is at the northern end of the butterfly's range, and the only documented Maine sighting was in 1934.

Wildlife biologist Phillip deMaynadier (dee-MAY-nah-dee-air) says the effort paid off in September when several occupied swallowtail nests were discovered in some hardwood swamps in Berwick and Wells. He says the finding provides proof that the butterfly breeds in Maine.

Spicebush Swallowtail

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Lisa Lindsay's picture

You need to do some homework

You need to do some homework re: where the majority of IF&W money comes from.

Lisa Lindsay's picture

Very little comes out of the

Very little comes out of the general fund. The point is that they are funded primarily by consumptive users. They're not funded by the way DHS is, for example. Let's just forget about wildlife or any interest in science and fire 'em all. Does that make you feel better? You seem to have very little use for state agencies. They are not all created equal. Let it go.

David Rossi's picture

State park maintenance is

State park maintenance is not part of IFW. If funding is a problem for Baxter State Park they should increase their gate and camping fees so the park can support itself. Raiding IFW funding is not the way to fund parks and state park funds should not be diverted to other agencies. I doubt much money was spent to find these butterflies when you consider that the biologists were taking notes on other things as they were in those swamps.

Melissa  Dunn's picture

I think that every living

I think that every living thing has a purpose, be it the food chain or a sign of change in the environment. There are frogs all around the world dropping like flies due to a fungus and many scientist believe its due to change in the environment (pollution/temperature/etc.) If a species-any species is no longer inhabiting in the state of Maine it could very well prove to be detrimental to many things-clues, questions, awareness-to bigger and better things. Its a chain... if one is gone, then maybe the next in line and so on and so forth (not just with extinction, but inhabiting as well).

"Small minds discuss people, Average minds discuss events, Great minds discuss ideas"~E. Roosevelt

Melissa  Dunn's picture

Absolutely astounding! Its

Absolutely astounding! Its kinda neat to think that a species (thought not to be here) is actually around... I went to the museum in Augusta and its interesting to know that some creatures use to be here-but are no longer-like the Eastern Timber Wolf (''extirpated' from Maine around 1880') . Hopefully the state's Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Department can get the information it needs on the Spicebush Swallowtail. They are quite pretty... like a jewel.

"Small minds discuss people, Average minds discuss events, Great minds discuss ideas"~E. Roosevelt

Allisa Milliard's picture

Great! Halt all local

Great! Halt all local development projects! Deter the tourists! Overcharge the residents more to preserve land that they can't utilize! We must preserve a butterfly that has only been seen twice in 100 years!


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