Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Endangered Blue Butterfly Receives Federal Protection

A small blue butterfly that lives along the Florida coast is the latest addition to the Endangered Species List, federal officials announced this week.

Effective today (April 6), the Miami blue butterfly is protected by law.

Unlike monarch butterflies, known for their harrowing migrations, Miami blues spend their lives in just one area.

The Miami blue's range once extended from the Dry Tortugas, at the tip of the Florida Keys, as far north as St. Petersburg on the state's western coast, and Daytona Beach on the eastern coast.

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