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This caterpillar seen at Glen Moss Stream in Vermont (posted a few days earlier) is the larva of the Baltimore checkerspot (Euphydryas phaeton). Like the Baltimore oriole, it is named after Lord Baltimore, whose emblematic colors were orange and black (or possibly gold and black). Both the larva and the adult butterfly are so colored. The Baltimore checkerspot is the Maryland state insect. Maryland's official obsession with the state colors extends to the state cat (calico) and the state flower (black-eyed susan) as well as of course the state bird and insect.

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