Endangered Species Program
Conserving the Nature of America

Featured Species | Palos Verdes Blue Butterfly (08:28)

Host: Sarah Leon with Jana Johnson

Palos Verdes Blue Butterfly (click to view larger)
Palos Verdes blue butterfly
Photo credit: Ann Dalkey, Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy


Status: Endangered/ Listed on July 2, 1980
Scientific Name: Glaucopsyche lygdamus palosverdesensis
Description: It's an amazing story about second chances! For years, California's Palos Verdes blue butterfly was thought to be extinct, until a small population of these beautiful little butterflies was found on a Defense Fuel Support Point near Los Angeles. Now, one college professor and her students are seizing this extraordinary opportunity to help this rare species towards recovery.
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Last updated: April 7, 2011