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Butterfly Habitat Network: Focus on Southern California


(Hermes Copper photographed by Ken Wilson earlier this year)

Lycaena hermes is the focus of today’s entry, where NABA hopes to establish managed habitat for the beleagured Hermes Copper who have suffered habitat loss due to wildfies in Southern California.

Here’s a great introduction to the Hermes Copper from American  Butterflies by Daniel Marschalek:

http://www.naba.org/pubs/ab213_4/ab213_4_Hermes_Copper.pdf

American Butterflies covered the natural disaster during 2003 closely, including this follow-up:

http://www.naba.org/pubs/ab133/ab133hermes_copper_thornes_hairstreak.pdf

Here’s the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service species profile for the Hermes Copper:

https://ecos.fws.gov/ecp0/profile/speciesProfile?spcode=I05C

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1 thought on “Butterfly Habitat Network: Focus on Southern California

  1. […] Southern California/Hermes Copper: Wildfires have destroyed critical habitat sites for this species which has yet to receive endangered status. At the same time, although prescribed fire can be a useful management tool, in some situations it is detrimental – especially as the range of a species is drastically reduced. http://butterflies.naba.org/?p=353 […]

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