Holding on~

miamibluemichellewisnieski                schaus22

A Miami Blue Butterfly                                                        A Schaus Swallowtail Butterfly
Photo credit: FWC/M.Wisnieski                                        Photo credit: FWS

 

At first glance this morning, the first story below, gave rise to a tiny hope for two critically endangered, if not already extinct Florida Butterflies, but alas, upon reading it, the two that I had been hoping this pertained to, were not even mentioned in it.

So, is this good news  nonetheless, absolutely.

South Florida is at long last, cutting way back/down on its use of pesticides in controlling mosquitos.

But we need to do it here, there and everywhere and always, from this day forward, if we hope to continue to see the entire range of pollinators, amphibians and countless other fragile and environmentally susceptible creatures in Florida.

The two aforementioned Butterflies, The Miami Blue   and  The Schaus Swallowtail are both teetering on extinction, thanks to countless decades of failure to understand, respect and appreciate the absolutely devastating effect that pesticides have on all Insects, all Humans, everything.

The excessive Global overuse of Pesticides for whatever purpose, will in the end, end us all.

We simply must stop their use, as every living thing on our planet, is depending on it.

These lethal toxins are being used by any and all, for every problem, with no thought or consideration,  to their Global long-term effects.

Other than the obvious deleterious effect of the pesticides, a new marauder, the invasive Iguana,which is definitely, not indigenous, has been  personally killing off the Miami Blue Butterflies, by eating the very plants  that they lay their eggs on, the gray nickerbean, etc.,  on their last known refuge on Bahia Honda, in the Keys.

We had seen these out of control creatures walking the streets of Miami on each of our trips down to the Keys.

*Before completing this posting, I needed to confirm the status of the Miami Blue, and after a quick call to UF and speaking with Dr. Jaret Daniels, it is my great joy to relay his message that yes, the Miami Blue is still alive and living at the Key West National Refuge.

So, thankfully, it would seem, that these two Butterflies are indeed, still holding on.

 

Places to learn more:

Mosquito spraying in South Florida scaled back to protect rare butterflies

Butterfly Monitoring

Invaders in Paradise

Schaus Swallowtail Emergency

Threatened butterfly vanishes from Florida refuge

The ant, the butterfly and their chemical warfare with an oregano plant

 

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11 thoughts on “Holding on~

  1. I’m so glad the Miami Blue Butterfly is doing okay, I love the Swallowtails too. I’m pretty sure the pesticides are more harmful than the Iguanas. Iguanas have an extremely varied diet, so I kind of doubt it’s their fault exclusively. Iguanas love to eat Mangoes, flowers like hibiscus, Water Lettuce, and their diet is extremely varied. They’ve been taking the blame for so many events.

  2. Thank you for caring Maria.
    According to Dr. Daniels, it is all of the above, when it comes to demise of the Blue~
    I was skeptical too, until I read the story, Invaders in Paradise.

  3. The indiscriminate use of pesticides is a disaster to all wildlife. It’s not just Big Ag and golf courses but anyone with a lawn who must have perfectly green grass. Every hardware store and garden center sells these poisons to anyone and by the gallon or more if they pay for it, no questions asked.

  4. Oh, yes, yes, yes! I think I will reblog this too. We have created a butterfly pavillion in our yard to help save the monarchs. Pollinators are for more than beauty, we need them in order to have all of our food supply. Such an important topic.

  5. Reblogged this on Beth Byrnes and commented:
    This post is from one of my most valued community members, who shares my love and reverence for life around us. She speaks for those with no voice and this recent post is of vital importance. We need pollinators more than we need chemical companies who are decimating them in order to line their pockets. Please consider doing what you can, and while you are here, read this sensitive blog by a magnificent human being. Gator Woman, thank you and bless you!

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