Palos Verdes Blue Butterfly

Palos Verdes Blue Butterfly – approximately 4,300
Glaucopsyche lygdamus palosverdesensis
Maguire Center, Gainesville, Florida
In 1982, bulldozers cleared a meadow southwest of Los Angeles, destroying the last known homestead of these butterflies. Eight years later, a small population was discovered in San Pedro. A captive breeding program, led by a UCLA entomologist, saved this species from the brink. An estimated 4,000 of these butterflies live in captivity, 300 in the wild.

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