The Vanishing and Rematerializing Butterflies of South Florida

The Vanishing and Rematerializing Butterflies of South Florida

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THE MIAMI BLUE

The Miami blue, a beautiful silver and blue butterfly, has been flitting along the edge of extinction for decades. This Florida subspecies, endangered at both the federal and state level, started declining in the 1980s and 90s. It was once found as far north as St. Petersburg and Daytona in tropical hardwood hammock, tropical pine rockland and beachside scrub habitats. Due to these areas being a great location for prime real estate, most of them have been developed. In addition, tropical storms, pesticide use and invasive species may have also contributed to their decline. By the early 90s, the only known Miami Blue population was on Key Biscayne.

 

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