Miami Blue

Tiser, Gene M TiserG at
Tue Jan 15 17:28:08 EST 2002

Can anyone else confirm what Leroy suggests (and I was wondering) - is the
Balloon Vine an exotic and if so, what did the Miami Blue subsist on prior
to the introduction of the vine?

Gene Tiser
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> Subject: 	Re: Miami Blue
> Roger:
> The Miami Blue was very common in the Keys from the late 1960's until
> 1991. I first collected them in 1968 on the west side of the state at
> Cokoloskee in Collier County. Whether it was associated with balloon vine
> I do not know. I did not know that balloon vine was the host until 1973. I
> have always found them asociated with balloon vine ever since. Over the
> years I found them in Broward, Dade, Lee, Monroe and Collier counties. 
> Balloon vine is an exotic (So I have been told). Both Dade and Monroe
> Countis attempted to eradicate the vine. Balloon vine is most abundant in
> distrubed areas. When construction came to a halt in the Keys in the late
> 1980's, distrubed areas dimished along with the balloon vine and the Miami
> Blue.
> I am in the process of writing my history with the Miami Blue to send to
> the USFWS. When I completed the my letter to the USFES, I will post it on
> Leps-L.
> However, if the USFWS gives the Miami Blue endangered status, what habitat
> do they intend to preserve to protect it. Do we start construction to
> create distrubed areas. Distrubing when you think about. (My poor shot at
> a little humor!)
> Cheers,
> Leroy C. Koehn
> georgetown, KY
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