Helping us better understand our changing world.
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.