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A federally endangered Karner blue butterfly, Lycaeides melissa samuelis.

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A federally endangered Karner blue butterfly, Lycaeides melissa samuelis.

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A federally endangered Karner blue butterfly, Lycaeides melissa samuelis.

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A federally endangered Karner blue butterfly, Lycaeides melissa samuelis, emerges from pupae.

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A federally endangered Karner blue butterfly, Lycaeides melissa samuelis, emerges from pupae.

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A federally endangered Karner blue butterfly, Lycaeides melissa samuelis, emerges from pupae.

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A federally endangered Karner blue butterfly, Lycaeides melissa samuelis, emerges from pupae.

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A federally endangered Karner blue butterfly, Lycaeides melissa samuelis.

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A federally endangered Karner blue butterfly, Lycaeides melissa samuelis.

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Miami blue butterfly (Cyclargus thomasi bethunebakeri). This species is being captive bred at the McGuire Center at the Univ. of Florida. Thousands have been released into the wild in South Florida over the past three years. So far, results are indeterminate. Fewer than 250 exist in the wild, making it one of the rarest butterflies in North America.

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Miami blue butterfly (Cyclargus thomasi bethunebakeri). This species is being captive bred at the McGuire Center at the Univ. of Florida. Thousands have been released into the wild in South Florida over the past three years. So far, results are indeterminate. Fewer than 250 exist in the wild, making it one of the rarest butterflies in North America.

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Miami blue butterfly (Cyclargus thomasi bethunebakeri). This species is being captive bred at the McGuire Center at the Univ. of Florida. Thousands have been released into the wild in South Florida over the past three years. So far, results are indeterminate. Fewer than 250 exist in the wild, making it one of the rarest butterflies in North America.

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Miami blue butterfly (Cyclargus thomasi bethunebakeri). This species is being captive bred at the McGuire Center at the Univ. of Florida. Thousands have been released into the wild in South Florida over the past three years. So far, results are indeterminate. Fewer than 250 exist in the wild, making it one of the rarest butterflies in North America.

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Miami blue butterfly (Cyclargus thomasi bethunebakeri). This species is being captive bred at the McGuire Center at the Univ. of Florida. Thousands have been released into the wild in South Florida over the past three years. So far, results are indeterminate. Fewer than 250 exist in the wild, making it one of the rarest butterflies in North America.

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Miami blue butterfly (Cyclargus thomasi bethunebakeri). This species is being captive bred at the McGuire Center at the Univ. of Florida. Thousands have been released into the wild in South Florida over the past three years. So far, results are indeterminate. Fewer than 250 exist in the wild, making it one of the rarest butterflies in North America.

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Miami blue butterfly (Cyclargus thomasi bethunebakeri). This species is being captive bred at the McGuire Center at the Univ. of Florida. Thousands have been released into the wild in South Florida over the past three years. So far, results are indeterminate. Fewer than 250 exist in the wild, making it one of the rarest butterflies in North America.

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Miami blue butterfly (Cyclargus thomasi bethunebakeri). This species is being captive bred at the McGuire Center at the Univ. of Florida. Thousands have been released into the wild in South Florida over the past three years. So far, results are indeterminate. Fewer than 250 exist in the wild, making it one of the rarest butterflies in North America.

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Miami blue butterfly (Cyclargus thomasi bethunebakeri). This species is being captive bred at the McGuire Center at the Univ. of Florida. Thousands have been released into the wild in South Florida over the past three years. So far, results are indeterminate. Fewer than 250 exist in the wild, making it one of the rarest butterflies in North America.

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Miami blue butterfly (Cyclargus thomasi bethunebakeri). This species is being captive bred at the McGuire Center at the Univ. of Florida. Thousands have been released into the wild in South Florida over the past three years. So far, results are indeterminate. Fewer than 250 exist in the wild, making it one of the rarest butterflies in North America.

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Miami blue butterfly (Cyclargus thomasi bethunebakeri). This species is being captive bred at the McGuire Center at the Univ. of Florida. Thousands have been released into the wild in South Florida over the past three years. So far, results are indeterminate. Fewer than 250 exist in the wild, making it one of the rarest butterflies in North America.

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Miami blue butterfly (Cyclargus thomasi bethunebakeri). This species is being captive bred at the McGuire Center at the Univ. of Florida. Thousands have been released into the wild in South Florida over the past three years. So far, results are indeterminate. Fewer than 250 exist in the wild, making it one of the rarest butterflies in North America.

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A Miami blue butterfly (Cyclargus thomasi bethunebakeri) in larva form. This species is being captive bred at the McGuire Center at the Univ. of Florida. Thousands have been released into the wild in South Florida over the past three years. So far, results are indeterminate. Fewer than 250 exist in the wild, making it one of the rarest butterflies in North America.

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Miami blue butterfly (Cyclargus thomasi bethunebakeri). This species is being captive bred at the McGuire Center at the Univ. of Florida. Thousands have been released into the wild in South Florida over the past three years. So far, results are indeterminate. Fewer than 250 exist in the wild, making it one of the rarest butterflies in North America.

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Federally endangered Mitchell’s satyr butterflies (Neonympha mitchellii mitchellii) at the Toledo Zoological Gardens.

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Federally endangered Mitchell’s satyr butterflies (Neonympha mitchellii mitchellii) at the Toledo Zoological Gardens.

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Federally endangered Mitchell’s satyr butterflies (Neonympha mitchellii mitchellii) at the Toledo Zoological Gardens.

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The extinct Xerces blue butterfly (Glaucopsyche xerces). This photo was taken at the Maguire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity, Gainesville, FL. This is located on the campus of the University of Florida and is part of the Florida Museum of Natural History.

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The extinct Xerces blue butterfly (Glaucopsyche xerces). This photo was taken at the Maguire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity, Gainesville, FL. This is located on the campus of the University of Florida and is part of the Florida Museum of Natural History.

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The extinct Xerces blue butterfly (Glaucopsyche xerces). This photo was taken at the Maguire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity, Gainesville, FL. This is located on the campus of the University of Florida and is part of the Florida Museum of Natural History.

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The extinct Xerces blue butterfly (Glaucopsyche xerces). This photo was taken at the Maguire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity, Gainesville, FL. This is located on the campus of the University of Florida and is part of the Florida Museum of Natural History.

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The extinct Xerces blue butterfly (Glaucopsyche xerces). This photo was taken at the Maguire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity, Gainesville, FL. This is located on the campus of the University of Florida and is part of the Florida Museum of Natural History.

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The federally threatened Bay area checkerspot butterfly, now nearly extinct (Euphydryas editha bayensis). This photo was taken at the Maguire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity, Gainesville, FL. This is located on the campus of the University of Florida and is part of the Florida Museum of Natural History.

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The federally threatened Bay area checkerspot butterfly, now nearly extinct (Euphydryas editha bayensis). This photo was taken at the Maguire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity, Gainesville, FL. This is located on the campus of the University of Florida and is part of the Florida Museum of Natural History.

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The Palos Verdes blue butterfly, now thought extinct (Glaucopsyche lygdamus palosverdesensis). This photo was taken at the Maguire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity, Gainesville, FL. This is located on the campus of the University of Florida and is part of the Florida Museum of Natural History.

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The Palos Verdes blue butterfly, now thought extinct (Glaucopsyche lygdamus palosverdesensis). This photo was taken at the Maguire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity, Gainesville, FL. This is located on the campus of the University of Florida and is part of the Florida Museum of Natural History.

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The Palos Verdes blue butterfly, now thought extinct (Glaucopsyche lygdamus palosverdesensis). This photo was taken at the Maguire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity, Gainesville, FL. This is located on the campus of the University of Florida and is part of the Florida Museum of Natural History.

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