For a small window of time in mid-July, visitors to NH Fish & Game's Karner Blue Butterfly Easement in Concord may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of New Hampshire's signature rare butterfly, the Karner Blue. Their preferred sources of nectar include several plant species of the pitch pine - scrub oak woodland habitat - wild lupine, New Jersey tea, and spreading dogbane. After mating, the females quickly deposit the fertilized eggs on the leaves of the wild lupine (and only the wild lupine!).
(photos by Ben Kimball for NH Natural Heritage Bureau)