Miami Blue Butterfly
Photo credit: FWC/M.Wisnieski
The Endangered Butterflies of Florida
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.
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.
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
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.
Florida Butterfly Month
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.
Places to learn more:
Miami Blue Butterfly
Miami Blue Chapter
Miami Blue Disappearing Fast
Miami Blue Fund
Miami Blue Reintroduced
Miami Blue Meets the UF Breeding Program
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