23 May 2014

JBLM among last habitat for butterflies | RallyPoint.com

Military News - JBLM among last habitat for butterflies

Image Copyright: Ted S. Warren/The Associated Press

By Phuong Le
Copyright: The Associated Press

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, WASH. — An undeveloped stretch of native prairie in south Puget Sound offers one of the few habitats in the world where a two-inch colorful checkered butterfly thrives. It also happens to be the main artillery impact range for Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

The Army's Stryker combat brigade and other troops regularly practice military maneuvers and live-fire training on acres of scenic, open grassland where a small population of Taylor's checkerspot butterfly feed on nectar of native blooms, mate and lay eggs.

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