Photograph by Jaret C. Daniels, University of Florida.
The Miami blue butterfly is one of the rarest insects in North America, with only one known population remaining, and that is in the Key West National Wildlife Refuge. At least 15 full species of butterflies can be found only in south Florida and the Keys, within the United States. SAVING THE MIAMI BLUE BUTTERFLY.
Habitat of the Miami blue butterfly, Cyclargus thomasi bethunbakeri (Comstock & Huntington), in Bahia Honda State Park in the Lower Florida Keys. Our chapter is working hard to meet the challenges of the 21st century as they apply to butterfly interests.
In 1999 some Miami blues were spotted in Bahia Honda State Park. The butterfly fauna of extreme south Florida and the Keys may constitute the most endangered suite of species in the continental United States. The Miami Blue Chapter of the North American Butterfly Association is located in southeast Florida and named after one of our rarest butterflies. It was estimated that fewer than fifty of the butterflies were left. After Hurricane Andrew ripped through South Florida in 1992, the already-scarce Miami blue butterfly almost went extinct: No one recorded a single sighting for years. Acting on a request from the North American Butterfly Association, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission temporarily listed the Miami blue as endangered on an emergency basis in 2002. Miami Blue Fund. The Miami blue butterfly is a coastal butterfly that inhabits sunny areas at the edges of tropical hardwood forests in southern Florida. Conservation Status (Back to Top) The Miami blue is currently listed …