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In order to photograph the endangered El Segundo Blue Butterfly at LAX, photographer Joel Sartore asked a biologist licensed to handle and study the species to help him build a plexiglass box to enclose the insect temporarily, as jets roared overhead. After several days of work, it paid off see image INS003-00001.

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The endangered El Segundo blue butterfly clings to survivalat the foot of a runway at LAX. Volunteers plant its host plants along the runway.

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The endangered El Segundo blue butterfly clings to survivalat the foot of a runway at LAX. Volunteers plant its host plants along the runway.

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The endangered El Segundo blue butterfly clings to survival at the foot of a runway at LAX.

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The endangered El Segundo blue butterfly clings to survivalat the foot of a runway at LAX. Volunteers plant its host plants along the runway.

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The endangered El Segundo blue butterfly clings to survival at the foot of a runway at LAX.

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The endangered El Segundo blue butterfly clings to survival at the foot of a runway at LAX.

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