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May 11, 2013 6:30 PM by Tony Spehar

New beer supports work on hops-loving butterfly

DENVER (AP) - Colorado zoologists are hoping a rarely seen butterfly's appetite for hops will encourage like-minded beer drinkers to generate money to study the insect.

The blue-and-purple hops azure butterfly, or Celastrina humulus, lives along the Front Range between El Paso County and Wyoming. Researchers don't know much about it but know it loves hops, a key beer ingredient.

The Denver Post reports (http://bit.ly/197QdJU) that last fall Colorado Natural Heritage Program biologist Robert Schorr approached Odell Brewing Co. in Fort Collins about a possible collaboration, to see if the region's love of craft beer could generate funding to study the butterfly.

Starting May 18, Odell is introducing a French-style beer called Celastrina Saison. For every bottle sold, the brewery will donate $1 to the Colorado Natural Heritage Program at Colorado State University.

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