The Elusive American Butterflies And Their Unique Habitat


These striking brown and yellow butterflies can only be found in Florida Keys. They reside in a rare type of forest called tropical hardwood hammock, and their numbers are notorious for fluctuating wildly – in 2012, there were only four Schaus sightings.

Males have yellow on antennae, while females’ antennae are all black.

The endangered species’ numbers are thankfully on the rise: scientists hope to help by breeding Schaus swallowtails in a lab and releasing them to boost wild populations.


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