Walking with the Alligators

Walking with the Alligators
A Florida Alligator

June 15, 2012

Two of Florida's Endangered Butterflies Are On The Brink

   A Schaus Swallowtail  Butterfly                      A Florida Miami Blue Butterfly
As if the recent news about the Miami Blue wasn't bad enough, word now comes
that the Schaus Swallowtail, which was thought to be heading out of trouble,
has gone into a downward spiral.
Emergency procedures have been implemented that includes taking some of them
into "protective custody" to save the species from complete extinction.
The causal factors here are the usual: shrinking habitats and the wide spread use of pesticides.
Do we really expect these fragile creatures on the brink of extinction,
to be able to survive these never ending intrusions and abuses by humans
or overcome these kinds of invasions into their worlds?
Why do we act so surprised when they simply just disappear?

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