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The Baltimore checkerspot is named after the black and orange colors worn by Lord Baltimore. Eating turtlehead plants during the caterpillar stage makes this butterfly taste unpleasant to predators. The butterfly can usually be seen between June 15 and August 7. Photo Courtesy Allison Barta

Allison Barta’s butterfly count nears completion

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BEMIDJI — After spending more than 680 hours searching the terrain of Northern Minnesota for the 88 native butterflies in the Cass Lake and Beltrami county areas, Allison Barta’s quest is nearing an end, with seven species left to track down.


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