Prisoners Given Rare Assignment to Save Endangered Butterfly

Prisoners Given Rare Assignment to Save Endangered Butterfly

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Taylors checkerspot butterfly - USFW photo Aaron BarnaAt the Mission Creek Corrections Center for Women in Belfair, Washington, inmates are helping to save the endangered Taylor’s checkerspot butterfly.

Under the supervision of guards and graduate students, a small group of prisoners is breeding the beautiful orange-and-white insects in a greenhouse outside the prison. They have even carried out research to show what plants the butterfly prefers to lay its eggs on — information that will be crucial for boosting its dwindling numbers.

(READ the story in Nature.com)

Photo: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Aaron Barna

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