Did you know that a highly endangered butterfly calls Biscayne home?
The Schaus Swallowtail Butterfly was once common throughout many parts of South Florida. Due to various threats, including collection, habitat loss, and broad-scale application of pesticides targeting mosquitoes, the Schaus Swallowtail butterfly’s numbers and geographic range both dwindled. Biscayne National Park, considered the stronghold for this endangered butterfly, contains the hardwood hammock habitat that this butterfly needs to survive. Even so, the population in the park was plummeting. By 2012, this species was on the brink of extinction.
To prevent this species from going extinct, the NPS has been partnering with biologists from the University of Florida/Florida Museum of Natural History and the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS). The many-faceted approach to Schaus Swallowtail Butterfly conservation efforts includes:
How can YOU support the continued success of the Schaus Swallowtail Butterfly within Biscayne?
Last updated: September 19, 2023