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Lotis Blue Butterfly

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Andry Garcia

on 13 November 2013

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Transcript of Lotis Blue Butterfly

Male description
The male Lotis Blue is deep blue to purple on the upper side of the wings. The wings are trimmed in black and have little fringes of white towards the outer edge. The underside of both sexes is the same as is their wingspan, which can measure up to 1 inch.
More information
Named after the piercing blue color of its wings, the mission blue butterfly is indigenous to California's San Francisco Bay area and was first discovered in the late 1930s.
Information
The Lotis Blue butterfly has been a source of interest for butterfly enthusiasts for some time now, mainly because there have been no sightings of this species for more than 20 years. As a result, very little is known about Lotis Blue butterflies, so most information found on them originates from species that are very closely related. This Lotis Blue butterfly is officially listed under the Endangered Species Act as "Endangered," though many believe it is already extinct. Their classification is insecta.
Female description
The male and female Lotis Blue butterflies look slightly different, making it easy to identify the gender. The female is usually brown to bluish-brown on the upper surface of her wings with a wavy stripe of orange towards the outer edge. Underneath, her wings are a light grey color with black spots and a row of orange to brown circles bordered in black near the outer edge.


Habitat
The only places Lotis Blue butterflies have been seen are coastal marshes and bogs in northern California. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, sightings were reported in Sonoma, Mendocino and Marin counties, but all of those reports were from before 1950. One of the suspected reasons for the Lotis Blue's disappearance is the destruction and eradication of the wetlands where they thrived.
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Lotis Blue Butterfly
Lycaeides Argyrognomon Lotis

The exact cause of the decline of this species is not known. Some conservationists believe that this species has suffered from habitat disturbance by humans and natural drought. Its bog habitat is known to undergo a natural process of dry seasons, but human activities may have prevented the formation of new bogs in the past. Conservation plans for this species include a captive breeding program that would be initiated immediately following the rediscovery of live specimens.
Prediction of what could have happend for the lotis to be in endanger
Life Span

Determining their life span is very difficult. they go through so much in their life, we can split their life span into four diffrent parts. for instance, the first stage is going to be the egg stage, the next stage is the caterpillar (also known as larva stage), the third

is the hatch of the butterfly.
By:
Taylor Burgin
and
Andry Garcia
Their diet is unknown because there has not been enough time to accumulate all the information.
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