A short walk from the Catoctin Creek Park & Nature Center in rural Middletown, James Edmonds dashed around in a large field yesterday, in pursuit of various species of butterflies.

He enjoys the challenge of catching them — especially tiger swallowtails, monarchs and zebra swallowtails.

“Don’t look away from them,” said Edmonds, 9, when asked the trick to catching a butterfly. “You have to be ready for them turning, because they flutter and zig zag.”

Edmonds was one of many kids who showed up to the nature center Sunday morning, participating in the center’s annual butterfly count.

Kathy Barylski, a volunteer with the center, has led the butterfly count each year since

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