Endangered Species Program
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Featured Species | Palos Verdes Blue Butterfly (07:58)

Host: Sarah Leon with Eric Porter

Palos Verdes Blue Butterfly (click to view larger)
Palos Verdes blue butterfly
Photo credit: Fred Vaachs


Status: Endangered/ Listed on July 2, 1980
Scientific Name: Glaucopsyche lygdamus palosverdesensis
Description: The Palos Verdes blue butterfly was thought to be driven to extinction in 1983 by development of its habitat. Then, in 1994, the butterfly was rediscovered at the Defense Fuel Support Point in San Pedro, California.
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Last updated: April 7, 2011