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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
While conducting Miami tiger beetle surveys in South Florida with a preserve manager, we encountered a federally endangered Bartram’s hairstreak butterfly! The sole host plant for this rare species is the pineland croton. In this photo, a female is laying an egg near the flower of this small croton. Encounters like this are surprising and very exciting! As conservation scientists, we take a GPS point to mark its location and photos to confirm the sighting so that this record can be shared with other biologists.