On the Wings of Love, Blue Butterflies Are Back | NBC Southern California

On the Wings of Love, Blue Butterflies Are Back



    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service began releasing rare Palos Verdes blue butterflies Friday morning, more than a decade after they were thought to be extinct.

    The little butterfly is native to Southern California but was considered extinct by 1987. Ten years later, a small patch of them was discovered in san Pedro.

    Blue Butterflies Released

    [LA] Blue Butterflies Released
    Previously endangered blue butterflies of Southern California are released after a captive breeding program.
    (Published Friday, March 20, 2009)

    Since then, wildlife workers in several agencies have been breeding the blue butterflies in captivity and resetoring the butterfly's natural habitat -- leading up to Friday's release, which also happens to be the first day of spring.