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It seems everyone is suing one another nowadays. Even insects are going to court.

The rare Karner Blue butterfly is the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit filed Thursday that seeks to stop an 18-screen movie multiplex from being built next to the butterflies' suburban Albany habitat.

Crossgates Mall is located next to a sandy area known as the Pine Bush. The environmental group Save the Pine Bush said the new 80,000-square-foot addition, already under construction, would block sunlight that the cold-blooded butterfly needs to digest its food.

Lewis Oliver, attorney for Save the Pine Bush, said the group is suing the Crossgates Pyramid company and the local zoning board on behalf of the insects because they could starve to death.

Crossgates Pyramid said it was unaware of the lawsuit, but Guilderland zoning board chairman F. Lee Jones went to state Supreme Court in Albany to read the papers himself.

"The first thing I thought was 'You've got to be kidding me. How do you get sued by a butterfly?'" Jones told Friday's Albany Times Union.

"I heard about this and I had to go see it, and I'll be darned, it's actually true."

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