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Baltimore Checkerspots feed on thistle during a butterfly count this summer in central Minnesota. (Photo by John Weber, Nevis, Minn.)

Butterfly count strong this season

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NEVIS -- In July, wife Marlene and I completed our 21st season of Fourth of July butterfly counts in north-central Minnesota.

Aided by a small but dedicated band of fellow counters, we have now attained our 119th count since 1993. Altogether we have tallied a 21-year total of 137,694 living butterflies.


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