A Specialized Bog Butterfly
While exploring a local bog recently, I was amazed at the number of one particular butterfly flying around in amongst the low growing bog plants.
The occurence of the Bog Copper is very localized where Cranberry bogs exist. The populations in each bog are often small and are therefore susceptible to extinction. The distance between these bogs determines whether a new population can recolonize after a local population becomes extinct. (Butterflies of Algonquin Provincial Park, Gard Otis, Friends of Algonquin Park Publication)
In our area, there are very few Cranberry bogs that would support recolonization. I think it's amazing that this tiny ~ 4 acre bog is supporting a healthy population of these butterflies.
© Heather Holm, 2015. Unknown