Deer are causing a decline in Checkerspots
I heard a news report today about the deer causing a significant decline in the Baltimore Checkerspot population in MD. Evidently the deer are eating all the turtleheads. Besides eating the caterpillar's food source they are also eating the eggs and the caterpillars that are already feeding. This is just another, in a long list of problems, caused by the overpopulation of white-tailed deer in this area.