- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 2, 2015

ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) - The North Coast Land Conservancy is hoping the return of violets to the Clatsop Plains will help bring back the area’s robust Oregon silverspot butterfly population.

The Daily Astorian reports (https://is.gd/SOaVUQ ) volunteers helped plant about 9,000 early blue violet seedlings, which are native to the region, at sites across Clatsop Plains. The seedlings are part of the conservancy’s decade-long attempt to restore a prairie habitat to the plains and Long Beach Peninsula in Washington that is a habitat for the butterflies.

The silverspot butterfly is listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The butterfly larvae’s diet consists entirely of dried violet stems and leaves.

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Information from: The Daily Astorian, https://www.dailyastorian.com



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