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Imperiled Butterflies of South Florida Program Updates

Below is the latest on our Imperiled Butterflies of South Florida program. To find out more about the program, the species and the Butterfly Bunker laboratory click here: Imperiled Butterflies of South Florida

More atalas going to a new home!

We gave away 85 atala hairstreak pupae to Connect To Protect Network (CTPN) members Judge Scott Janowitz and his wife Yonah Janowitz. As members of the CTPN, who have at least 8 large coonties on their property and appropriate nectar sources, they were able to sign up and receive atala butterflies from Zoo Miami. The give-away is part of a program and collaboration with Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden. We are still in the early stages of the program development and CTPN members are volunteering to be beta-testers. We hope that this program can colonize Miami-Dade County residents’ yards with atala butterflies and help close the gaps of their limited habitat. The sole host plant for the atala hairstreak is coontie. By planting coontie in your yard, you can help save a once-thought-to-be extinct species. To find more information on the project click here:

Posted by Frank Ridgley at 08:50
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