October 15, 2011
One Tiny Butterfly With One Big Problem
Most of you have probably never heard of the Miami Blue Butterfly.
It is not even as big as your thumb and survives in only one place in the world, the Florida Keys.
The factors leading to the impending demise of the Blue include the usual habitat loss by development and invasive species, but another huge contributor has been the endless chemical spraying in the area for mosquitoes, which has negatively impacted not only the Miami Blue Butterfly, but other species as well.
The biggest problem for the Blue is that to date, its predicament has received little attention, because the agencies responsible for protecting it, have dragged their feet until the last possible minute and now it could be too late.
Enter a group of students from Duke who may be the Miami's last best hope: