The world's rarest
The Palos Verdes Blue is the rarest
butterfly in the world. It is so rare that it was
thought to be extinct for over a decade. It survives
in only one place on earth.In and around the Defense
Fuel Point on the Palos Verdes Peninsula a suburb
of Los Angeles.
This is a picture of the habitat of the Palos
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The butterfly was believed extinct for
11 years before entomologists walking across the site
spotted on fluttering ahead of them. It had occurred
at a site at Hesse Park but this site was destroyed
to make a very ordinary baseball park..
This is a picture of Hesse Park today.
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The Palos Verdes blue lays its eggs
on two kinds of plants locoweed and deerweed. Below
are some pictures of the Palos Verdes Blue. Click
on them to see a bigger version.