Coloring Page: The ABCs of Ohio Plants & Animals | K

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We’re giving you some fun coloring activities! Here, you’ll find a fun coloring sheet featuring the ABCs of Ohio’s native flora and fauna.

Did you know Karner blue butterflies (Lycaeides melissa samuelis) only have a wingspan of one inch? That’s about the same size of a traditional U.S. postage stamp! Spotting these diminutive butterflies is a rare sight, as Karner blues are a statewide and nationwide endangered species.

Karner blue butterfly (Lycaeides melissa samuelis) topside showing the dark blue topside of its wings. Photo courtesy flickr user Justin Meissen.
Karner blue butterfly (Lycaeides melissa samuelis) topside. Photo courtesy flickr user Justin Meissen.

If you do see Karner blue butterflies, it may be easier to spot a male than a female. The males have a silvery or dark blue topside with with narrow black margins. Females have a grayish brown, especially on the outer portions of the wings, to blue topside, with irregular bands of orange crescents inside the narrow black border. The underside of both males and females is gray with a continuous band of orange crescents along the edges of both wings and with scattered black spots circled with white.

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Karner blue butterfly (Lycaeides melissa samuelis) underside, showing the band of orange crescents along the edges of the gray wings with scattered black spots circled with white. Photo courtesy U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
Karner blue butterfly (Lycaeides melissa samuelis) underside. In this photo, you can see how much the color varies from topside to underside. Photo courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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