Glassberg tells reporters collectors "cou...

Rudy Benavides rbenavid at
Thu Jan 10 12:48:39 EST 2002

This (the atala) is what I was reminded of when I first read the Miami Blue 

[The atala is our largest and most spectacular eastern U.S. hairstreak. Due 
to decline in abundance of its host plant, coontie, because of over-harvest 
(as a source of starch) and habitat destruction due to development, the 
atala was believed to have become extinct. It was not collected in Florida 
from 1937 until 1959. The atala is now common locally in southeast Florida 
probably as a result of the popularity of its host plant as a landscape 
ornamental. In fact, it is now occasionally considered a pest in ornamental 
plant nurseries.] From...

With proper education and restoration it survived.


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