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A Florida Miami Blue Butterfly
A Florida Miami Blue Butterfly
Photo credit: FWC/M.Wisnieski

 

The Endangered Butterflies of Florida

Miami Blue Butterfly Schaus Butterfly

 

The Miami Blue Butterfly
Hemiargus thomasi bethunedaberi

 

This tiny Butterfly, which once ranged all

along Coastal Florida, is now relegated

to just a narrow Habitat in the Keys.

Miami Blue Butterfly
A Florida Miami Blue Butterfly
Photo credit: Florida State Dep.

 

Unlike the Schaus, which had a few survivors,

the Miami Blue appeared to have been completely

eliminated by Hurricane Andrew in 1992.

 

In 1999 just a few of them were found in the

Bahia Honda State Park in the Florida Keys.

A Miami Blue Butterfly
A Florida Miami Blue Butterfly
Photo credit: NPS

 

In 2002, after a great deal of petitioning, an Emergency

Action was finally put into place by Florida Fish and Wildlife,

thus securing them a spot on the Endangered Species List.

 

In 2003, help finally came in the form of the

University of Florida's Captive Breeding program.

 Hopefully, the Miami Blue will find the same successful

ending to their story as did the Schaus Swallowtail.

 

If you love Butterflies, please take your children

and yourself to the UF Natural History Museum.

This world class Museum is all free except for the

Butterfly Rainforest, a wonderland filled

 with living Butterflies of every description.

The walls in the free section are covered with so many,

that it could take you hours to see all of them.

 

April is Florida Butterfly Month

 

Florida Butterfly Fest

October 13-14, 2012 in Gainesville at the wondrous

University of Florida Museum of Natural History.

You must see this place at least once in your life.

The Butterfly Rainforest


Places to learn more:

 

Biological Diversity

Miami Blue Butterfly

 

FNAI

Butterfly Gallery

 

Miami Blue Chapter

Upper Florida Keys

 

Miami Herald

Miami Blue Disappearing Fast

 

NABA

Miami Blue Fund

 

NPS

Miami Blue Reintroduced

 

UF News

Miami Blue Meets the UF Breeding Program

 


 

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