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Coming Events

Butterfly Festival
Saturday-Sunday, April 12-13
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Coastal butterflies will be the center of attention at this year's Butterfly Days. Jaret Daniels, the keynote speaker, will talk Saturday on "Coastal Butterflies and Their Habitats: A Virtual Tour" and Sunday on "Butterfly Conservation Initiatives: Efforts to Help Protect our Charismatic Microfauna."

Butterfly plants will be available for purchase from plant dealers. Come for the day!

All lectures will take place in the Science Village Classroom

Saturday, April 12, 2014

10:15 a.m.
Welcome and Announcements
Linda Evans, President, Miami Blue Chapter, North American Butterfly Association

10:30 a.m
Butterflies and their Gardens
Georgia Tasker, FTBG

11:30 a.m.
Attracting Butterflies to Coastal Gardens 
Roger Hammer, PhD, FIU; Naturalist and Author

1:30 p.m.
Robert L Kelley Keynote Lecture
Coastal Butterflies and their Habitats: A Virtual Tour
Jaret C. Daniels, Ph.D., University of Florida

3:30 p.m.
Wings of the Tropics at Fairchild: Construction, Content and Conservation
Martin Feather, FTBG

Sunday, April 13, 2014

10:30 a.m.&
Conservation of Coastal Butterflies in South Florida and Cuba
Marc Minno, PhD, University of Florida

11:30 a.m.
Macrophotography at its Finest
Hank Poor
Demonstrations in the Science Village Laboratories

1:30 p.m.
Robert L Kelly Keynote Lecture
Butterfly Conservation Initiatives: Efforts to Help Protect our Charismatic Microfauna
Jaret C. Daniels, Ph.D., University of Florida

3:30 p.m.
How to Shoot Bugs: Natural Photography in the Field
Mark Deering

Florida Rare Plant Task Force - "Managing and Recovering Rare Plant Populations"
Thursday-Friday, April 10-11
Visitor’s Center Ballroom, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Each year, the Rare Plant Task Force of Florida serves as the place for Florida’s professional plant conservation community to share ideas, discuss, prioritize, and coordinate ongoing plant conservation efforts around the state. On Thursday, April 10, a full-day program features oral and poster presentations along with the group discussion.  Of special interest to Miami Blue members: Rich Hatfield, from The Xerces Society, will speak about “The effects of fire on butterflies and pollinators.”

On Friday, April 11, there will be optional field trips to local rare plant populations.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided each day.  Cocktails will follow the meeting on Thursday evening.

Registration and further meeting details will soon be available at

NABA Biennial Members Meeting
Thursday, June 12 - Sunday, June 15, 2014
Chattanooga, Tennessee

NABA has posted the details here.

See the calendar for details.

Butterfly Walks at Fairchild

Most Saturdays and Sundays
10:00 am - 11:00 am

A White Peacock, often seen at Fairchild, courtesy of Bill Perry.

Meet at the Visitor's Center and join Linda Evans, President of Miami Blue Chapter-NABA, or MBC-NABA member, Trish Swinney, for a Sunday guided Butterfly and Plant Walk through beautiful Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Saturday tours are by MBC-NABA member Glenn Huberman.

Learn about the butterflies of South Florida and the plants on which they depend. Get to know the one acre Lisa D Anness Butterfly Garden for your personal butterfly garden inspiration.

The Garden is located at: 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables Florida, 305 667-1651;

Ongoing Surveys of
Imperiled South Florida Butterfly Species

Silver-banded Hairstreak
Photo by Ron Nuehring: Silver-banded Hairstreak is an imperiled species.

Florida Natural Areas Inventory (FNAI) Survey of Imperiled South Florida Butterfly Species is our biggest in-the-field citizen science endeavor in the protected pinelands, hammocks and wetlands of Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties -- as well as parks and gardens -- in search of two dozen species of concern. Our volunteer efforts and field skills make this three-year state funded effort possible.  Our traditional NABA all-species counts add yet more to the butterfly population picture. More details are on our Conservation Page.

NABA counts are open to all and are posted on our web calendar. FNAI surveys are NOT posted on our public calendar due to restricted access to many of the areas being surveyed. If you are a NABA member, you love to go butterflying, you like learning about new places and rare butterfly species, and you want to learn more about FNAI surveys, please email

What's New (or old, but still interesting) at Miami Blue

"Butterflies of Subtropical South Florida," Miami Blue Chapter's interpretive photographic exhibit, continues at Long Key Natural Area and Nature Center, Davie (3501 Southwest 130th Avenue  Davie, FL 33330; 954-357-8797;

Palamedes Swallowtails in flight Palatka, Twin-spot and Southern Broken-Dash skippers on thistle
Photos courtesy of Ron Nuehring & Michelle Wisniewski


Several of North America's most critically imperiled butterflies occur in our own backyards. Habitat loss, natural disasters, exotic predators, and anti-mosquito spraying have taken their toll over recent decades. Our current focus includes supporting the protection of the remaining populations of the newly federally protected Miami Blue, Hemiargus thomasi bethune-bakeri, elevating awareness of the declining Schaus' Swallowtail, Papilio aristodemus ponceanus, and assisting the Florida Natural Areas Inventory (FNAI) to locate and track other on-the-brink imperiled South Florida butterflies such as those relying upon the few remaining intact pine rocklands, such as the Florida Duskywing, Bartram's Scrub-Hairstreak, and Florida Leafwing, among several others in South Florida considered declining and in jepardy. A list of Southeast Florida's species of concern, Rare or Endangered Butterflies of Southeast Florida, is on our Conservation page.

Florida Leafwing Bartrams Scrub-Hairstreak Florida Duskywing female

Thanks to Linda Cooper for her photo of the Florida Leafwing, and to M ichelle Wisniewski for images of Bartram's Scrub Hairstreak and the Florida Duskywing.

Our Federally-Listed Endangered Miami Blue

Miami Blue ventral Miami Blue dorsal

Thanks to Mickey Wheeler for images of the Miami Blue when it could still be found in the Lower Keys.

On April 6, 2012 the Miami Blue was officially designated an endangered species, bringing South Florida the dubious distinction of having two federally endangered butterflies (the Schaus' Swallowtail was listed in 1984; read its story on our Conservation page). We now await news from the US Fish &U Wildlife Service about steps that will be taken in the management plan for the Miami Blue. If you want to bone up on the Miami Blue's decline, read Dennis' Olle's Fall 2010 article in American Butterflies. The Emergency Listing document for the Miami Blue offers extensive background on the butterfly's decline and can be found at:!documentDetail;D=FWS-R4-ES-2011-0043-0002

Atala Relocation Project

Atala Atala larvae & pupae

Atala photos courtesy of Ron Nuehring.

Here is where butterfly gardening and butterfly conservation show off their strong connection! Once thought extinct, now listed by FNAI as imperiled, and often ephemeral even at its best, Atalas can be menaces to rare cycads. A NABA project has designated point persons who receive Atala caterpillars and pupae on a routine schedule and arrange transfer to interested gardeners, as well as parks and natural areas, with viable habitat for the butterfly. The project has been mounted by Miami Blue and Broward Chapters, in collaboration with NABA member, Sandy Koi, Atala researcher, at the University of Florida, Gainesville.  Interested? Read more on our Conservation Page.

About the Miami Blue Chapter

The Miami Blue Chapter of the North American Butterfly Association is located in southeast Florida and named after one of our rarest butterflies. Our chapter is working hard to meet the challenges of the 21st century as they apply to butterfly interests. The photos at the top of the page are of our rare namesake, the Miami Blue butterfly, and the only easy-to-reach location where they could be found until 2010, Bahia Honda State Park in the Florida Keys.

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