by Rob Schorr, CNHP Zoologist
While conducting a biological inventory at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Jeremy Siemers and I were lucky enough to stumble upon a few hops blue butterfly (Celastrina humulus; a G2/G3 invertebrate) populations. This butterfly is found in a handful of counties in Colorado and gets its name from its host plant, wild hops (Humulus lupulus). We started a lively discussion about how best to monitor such a butterfly, or even how to assess the prevalence of the butterfly on its host plant. We tossed ideas around, beat up some study designs, and finally came up with a research plan we thought was feasible. Unfortunately, it was unfunded. These discussions led to hops-and-barley fueled brainstorming on how to fund such a study…the natural connection was right in our hands.
|Female hops blue butterfly on wild hops|
|Rob holding a Celastrina Saison|