Palos Verdes Blue Butterfly Pictures
Glaucopsyche lygdamus palosverdesensis
The Palos Verdes Blue butterfly is a critically endangered butterfly found only on the Palos Verdes peninsula in Los Angeles County, California. Thought to be extinct, it was rediscovered in 1994. Conservation efforts have been ongoing. The highest population count since its rediscovery was 282 individuals in 2004. Unfortunately, drought wreaked havoc and no individuals were seen at the 2014 or 2015 surveys. There are active captive breeding programs working on the population. Learn more about the Palos Verdes Blue and other species of concern by clicking here.