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Butterflies are among the most charismatic and well-known insects in the world.
They are important indicators of environmental health and model organisms for studying the impacts of climate change and habitat loss, degradation and fragmentation. UF is developing tailored conservation strategies to help reverse the decline and aid the recovery of more than 42 at-risk butterfly species in Florida and California. These efforts include habitat and species restoration, scientific research, and public education.

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Once common throughout coastal southern Florida, the Miami blue butterfly now ranks among North America’s rarest insects. While the main driver of the butterfly’s swift decline is unknown, tropical storms, habitat loss and coastal development have dramatically shrunk the Miami blue’s range. The only remaining wild populations of Miami blues live in the Key WestContinue reading

Recovering the Schaus’ Swallowtail

The critically endangered Schaus’ Swallowtail (Heraclides aristodemus ponceanus) is a large, iconic butterfly found only in South Florida. Historically, the butterfly inhabited dense upland forests called tropical hardwood hammocks from the greater Miami area south through the Florida Keys. Habitat loss and fragmentation over the past century have led toContinue reading

Roadways for monarchs

The Monarch (Danaus plexippus) is one of the most beloved animals in North America. Beyond being a common garden visitor, it is well known for making an amazing annual migration. During spring and summer, monarchs breed throughout the U.S. and southern Canada. In the fall, adults of the eastern population migrate toContinue reading

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Marie Emmerson
Senior Director of Development
Florida Museum of Natural History
McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity
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