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Florida Swallowtail Almost Extinct

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Posted at 9:04 AM, Jun 14, 2012
and last updated 2012-06-14 09:04:41-04

(CNN) – This beautiful butterfly is so rare — it’s now considered an endangered species.
It’s called a Schaus swallowtail butterfly, and it’s found only in south Florida.
This month, the U-S Fish and Wildlife Service gave an emergency authorization to catch live swallowtails so their eggs can be collected and raised.

In a survey last year, just 41 of the once-common butterflies were sighted.
Scientists say habitat destruction, drought, hurricanes and pesticide use are to blame for nearly wiping out the insects.