Miami blue butterfly gains permanent protection
A species that was brought back from the edge of extinction just a few years ago has now gained permanent protection. The Miami blue butterfly’s endangered designation was set to expire at the end of last week, but the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has decided to formally list the species as endangered. Florida Museum of Natural History Lepidoptera Assistant Curator Jaret Daniels says all the resources which come with the listing are too vital for the small population to lose.
He says the butterfly has a special importance not just to the ecosystem, but to Florida’s history, because it is found exclusively in the state. The University of Florida has surveyed the population in past years and will now work with other agencies to stabilize the population moving forward.
This entry was posted in Florida
. Bookmark the permalink
More Stories in Florida
Florida may soon offer undocumented students in-state tuition at public colleges and universities, joining the ranks of 20 other states with similar tuition equity laws and policies.
Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency for 26 counties, including Alachua County Wednesday morning. The National Weather Service has issued flood or flash flood warnings in several counties throughout North Central Florida.
A loophole in Florida’s Electronic Benefit Transfer card program allows eligible cardholders to buy restricted items through the cash-back option at many ATMs and stores.
Cody Eugene Wygant has confessed to suffocating the 16-month-old, whose crying was distracting him from playing.
North Central farmers are straying away from pesticide-filled, genetically engineered foods with an emphasis on organic practices. The number of organic farms has more than doubled in the past two years.