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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

The Circle of Life

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.

Posted by Frank Ridgley at 10:02
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