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An extinct Atossa fritillary (mounted on a pin) (Speyeria adiaste atossa) at the McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity.

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A butterfly, Morpho aega, at the McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity. This pinned specimen is a mosaic gynandromorph – an aberration in which male and female cells are mixed together. In this mostly female specimen (which are normally orange-and-black) blue scales represent male cells.

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A Schaus’ Swallowtail butterfly (Heraclides aristodemus ponceanus) at the McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity.

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A federally endangered Florida leafwing butterfly (Anaea troglodyta floridalis) at the McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity.

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Two federally endangered Florida leafwing butterflies (Anaea troglodyta floridalis) at the McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity.

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Two Schaus’ Swallowtails (Heraclides aristodemus ponceanus) at the McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity.

This butterfly has been reduced to near extinction levels, with fewer than 100 in the wild on a single island in the Florida Keys. The McGuire center is doing captive breeding in an effort to save them.

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A Schaus’ Swallowtail (Heraclides aristodemus ponceanus) at the McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity.

This butterfly has been reduced to near extinction levels, with fewer than 100 in the wild on a single island in the Florida Keys. The McGuire center is doing captive breeding in an effort to save them.

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A Schaus’ Swallowtail (Heraclides aristodemus ponceanus) at the McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity. This butterfly has been reduced to near extinction levels, with fewer than 100 in the wild on a single island in the Florida Keys. The McGuire center is doing captive breeding in an effort to save them.

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A Schaus’ Swallowtail (Heraclides aristodemus ponceanus) at the McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity. This butterfly has been reduced to near extinction levels, with fewer than 100 in the wild on a single island in the Florida Keys. The McGuire center is doing captive breeding in an effort to save them.

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A Schaus’ Swallowtail (Heraclides aristodemus ponceanus) at the McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity. This butterfly has been reduced to near extinction levels, with fewer than 100 in the wild on a single island in the Florida Keys. The McGuire center is doing captive breeding in an effort to save them.

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Extinct Xerces blue butterflies (Glaucopsyche xerces) at the Maguire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity, Gainesville, Florida.

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