Walking with the Alligators

Walking with the Alligators
A Florida Alligator

February 17, 2012

Where Have You Gone, Oh Beautiful Blue?

Only the size of a quarter, the Miami Blue Butterfly
is/was one of the rarest, most beautiful creatures to ever
inhabit Florida and now it seems that they may have finally left us.
This is personally sad because on every trip down to the Keys,
I look for it, pretty sure now that the joy of an encounter with
A Florida Miami Blue Butterflya Blue will not be happening.
The perilous line that these animals walk is wrought with danger
at every turn, the latest for the Blue being the pesticides used to
eradicate the mosquitoes and the out of place Iguana, which eats
the leaves where the Blue used to lay its eggs.
Like nearly all of the about to depart our planet species of this state,
the Blue simply could not compete with the never ending human interference.
If only the people did not dump their unwanted Iguanas in the Keys
and if only the pesticides were not used all over their last tiny habitat.......
Goodbye Blue, though I never met you, I will miss you.

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