Fly Away Palos Verdes Blue!

Photo: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times


The rare Palos Verdes Blue butterfly (Glaucopsyche lygdamus palosverdesensis) took flight on a wind-swept bluff of the Palos Verdes peninsula in Southern California on Saturday, March 7th 2010.  Then another. Then another! Conservationists released 80 endangered butterflies in all, each bred in captivity, venture into the wild.

It was a big step into saving the Palos Verdes Blue butterfly from extinction.  This butterfly’s life is short, living for five to 10 days, it must work quickly to reproduce. During it’s short life, it must find nectar for energy, chose a mate, locate it’s host plant, locoweed (Astragalus trichopodes var. lonchus) and finally lay eggs for the survival of it’s species.

There are now as many as 10,000 Palos Verdes Blues compared to 1994 when they were at the brink of extinction.  Still, they face years of conservationist’s help before they can be removed from the federal list of endangered species.

A big thanks to conservationist at the The Urban Wildlands Group.  The UWG is dedicated to the conservation of species, habitats, and ecological processes in urban and urbanizing areas.

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3 Responses to Fly Away Palos Verdes Blue!
  1. Blues and Twos
    May 11, 2014 | 11:31 pm

    Hello sir,
    Thank you for your nice posting.I am looking to snap a few pictures of the Palos Verdes blue butterfly for a very special friend of mine. She is not smiling as much as she deserves to be lately and i know this picture would help bring out her grin.
    Thanks…….

  2. John Gagne
    June 15, 2010 | 1:05 am

    Hi, i am writing you from Montreal, Quebec, Canada. I am looking to snap a few pictures of the Palos Verdes blue butterfly for a very special friend of mine. She is not smiling as much as she deserves to be lately and i know this picture would help bring out her grin.
    I was wondering if you could give me any good tips as to where and when i could have the best chance of finding one that isn’t camera shy?
    I will be driving some ways to get this picture so any help would be apreciated.

    Ty.

    • OWB
      June 15, 2010 | 7:53 pm

      Hi John… What a thoughtful thing to do for your friend! You should have no problem capturing an image of the Palos Verde Blue provided you travel all the way to Southern California. Are you planning to do so?

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