This butterfly is the first U.S. insect known to go extinct because of people

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…80 years ago, to be clear. This butterfly went extinct 80 years ago, not like, today. Still sucks (and butterfly populations ARE crashing, with devastating ecological impacts), but the headline is clickbait


What about the Rocky Mountain Locust? Didn’t we do that?


The butterfly preferred stabilized, sandy sites where its low-growing larval host plant occurred. It was of particular interest to lepidopterists, as populations of the butterfly displayed extensive variation on their wing patterns resulting in several named forms. Unfortunately, growing urban development resulted in extensive disturbance and loss of habitat. By the early 1940s the Xerces Blue was driven to extinction, becoming one of the first and most well-known butterflies in the United States lost due to human impact. Today, the Florida Museum of Natural History’s McGuire Center is one of only a few U.S. institutions with specimens of the Xerces Blue. The butterfly’s extinction inspired the foundation of the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation in 1971, and in a very real sense, ushered in a renewed contemporary emphasis on the conservation of insects and their habitats.


Let’s do the mosquito next! Please!


> Animal Science You mean Zoology?