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"Float Like a Butterfly" Away from the Endangered Species List?

July 13, 2007

A tiny endangered California butterfly with a picky palate has found two new homes. The El Segundo butterfly has shown up at two sites near Los Angeles where volunteers have recently planted native dune buckwheat. The buckwheat is the preferred food for the El Segundo. Horticulturist Monica Acosta with the SEA Lab in Redondo Beach says their teams were dedicated to the re-planting project even though scientists had doubts about success.

“Most experts said, it wouldn't come back. I was pretty shocked when I was walking along and I saw this little butterfly.”

The endangered butterfly has shown up at Redondo Beach and Torrance. The butterfly isn't without controversy, though. Some locals don't think the buckwheat plants are very attractive: they go dormant in hot weather and turn brown.

Acosta notes that the projects are about more than butterflies since they also provide hands-on education for children.

“Here in this area of the South Bay, there are very few opportunities for kids. This is actually an outdoor classroom.”

For more information see The SEA Lab is an LA Conservation Corps project.

Deborah Smith/Eric Mack, Public News Service - CA