Endangered Species Program
Conserving the Nature of America

Featured Species | Lange's Metalmark Butterfly(03:50)

Host: Brynn Walling with Josh Hall

Lange's metalmark (click to view larger)
Lange's metalmark butterfly.
Photo credit: David Kelly, USFWS


Status: Endangered/ Listed on June 8, 1967
Scientific Name: Apodemia mormo langei
Description: The Lange's metalmark is a reddish-orange butterfly with only a 1.5-inch wingspan. Its last known home is the Antioch Dunes National Wildlife Refuge, which was established in 1980 specifically to protect the butterfly and two related rare plants, the Antioch Dunes evening primrose and Contra Costa wallflower. All three are listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act.
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Last updated: December 21, 2012