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Regal Fritillary Butterfly tours offered at Fort Indiantown Gap

Written by Craig Layne and Radio Pennsylvania | Jul 6, 2013 5:12 AM
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Photo by Regal Fritillary Habitat at Fort Indiantown Gap

Regal Fritillary Butterfly

(Harrisburg) -- Visitors to a midstate military facility will get a chance to spot a rare insect.

The state Department of Veterans and Military Affairs is offering free tours to view the Regal Fritillary Butterfly at Fort Indiantown Gap.

Spokeswoman Joan Nissley says the large orange and black butterfly can only be found in one spot in Pennsylvania.

"The Regal Fritillary Butterfly is considered a Pennsylvania species of immediate conservation concern, and we're very fortunate to have one of the rare colonies of the butterfly here," Nissley says.

She says visitors should wear sensible clothing and shoes for a walk in the woods.

Hikers are encouraged to bring cameras and binoculars.

Tours are scheduled for 10 a.m. July 11 and 12.

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