Summer is in the air and so are butterflies! Southern California is home to several species of federally endangered butterflies. Two of which — the Palos Verdes blue (Glaucopsyche lygdamus palosverdesensis) and Quino checkerspot (Euphydryas editha quino) — are being captive reared and released into the wild to boost recovery.

Palos Verdes blue butterflies ready for release on the Palos Verdes Nature Preserve. Photo courtesy of Dr. Jana Johnson/Moorpark College
Female Palos Verdes blue butterfly on deerweed. Photo by Jane Hendron/USFWS
Quino checkerspot caterpillars eating dwarf plantain. Photo courtesy of ©Michael Ready
Quino checkerspot caterpillar eating purple owl’s clover. Photo courtesy of ©Michael Ready
Female Quino checkerspot butterfly. Photo by John Martin/USFWS

How can you help?

Join the conservation effort as a citizen scientist. By reporting butterfly sightings, you help scientists track population numbers and better understand wildlife and habitat conditions.

Hermes copper butterfly on buckwheat. Photo by John Martin/USFWS
Laguna Mountains skipper butterfly. Photo by Joanna Gilkeson/USFWS
El Segundo blue butterfly on seacliff buckwheat. Photo by Eric Porter/USFWS

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