This Butterfly Was Extinct, 10 Years Later it Reappeared


– This butterfly was once
thought to be extinct. Though rediscovered, it
remains one of the world’s rarest and most elusive butterflies. This is the Palos Verdes Blue Butterfly. This butterfly is as
elusive as it is beautiful. And the brilliance of its blue wings are only visible when it opens them. The wings are distinctive with their brilliant silvery blue color. The butterfly was thought
to be extinct in the 1980s, when it seemed to
disappear without a trace. It wasn’t until the 1990s that this visually striking
butterfly was spotted again. Biologists were surprised and
delighted in its existence. And a breeding program was
begun to build up the species. Though captive breeding
has helped bolster numbers, the population is still low enough to remain on the endangered list. Through careful nurturing and management, this small but mighty butterfly
has a fighting chance. This is the Palos Verdes Blue Butterfly.

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100 thoughts on “This Butterfly Was Extinct, 10 Years Later it Reappeared

  1. "This Butterfly was "THOUGHT" to be extinct", Hmmm, Maybe i misread the title – "This Butterfly WAS EXTINCT, Years later it "Re"appeared".

    Fucking clickbait.

  2. Am I tripping or have i seen crap tons of these butterflies when growing up in South Lake Tahoe. Different species maybe?

  3. Wait this thing was rare? I always saw that butterfly it looks blue when it flies but it is impossible to spot when he is not in the air

  4. Le papillon bleu de mon enfance !!!
    Il y en avait beaucoup dans les années 70 et 80 en France (à côté de Lyon), c'est vrai que je n'en vois plus depuis de NOMBREUSES ANNÉES…
    Je suis heureuse de te revoir cher papillon bleu ! Welcome Home 🐛reviens en France 🇫🇷

  5. I remember, I saw like that one last month and try to bring it home but it flew away. So cool everytime it opens its wings turns blue now i know what it was called. 👍

  6. let me correct the title.."this butterfly was THOUGHT to be extinct…"
    no species who was extent at some point reappeared…clickbate.

  7. OMG when I got my new phone I took a picture of a butterfly up close as my background and I just realized this butterfly from the video and the one I took are exactly the same butterfly species.

  8. In all seriousness I have lived in northern ca my whole life and am 99% sure I have seen these like recently. I even took a picture to show my daughter so I have to find someone who can verify…

  9. Great to see extinct animals come back. The human race is great at killing animals but we need to be more eco-friendly to help prevent Extinction of animals.

  10. Extinct? Really when I was a kid me and my cousin would go to my moms garden and catch these All day long she still has a lot of em

  11. 😮😮😮😮😮😮😮😮😮😮😮😮😮😮😮😮😮😮😮😮😮😮😮😮😮😮😮😮😮😮😮😮😮😮😮😮😮😮😮😮😮😮😮😮🦋🦋🦋🦋🦋🦋🦋🦋🦋🦋🦋🦋🦋🦋🦋🦋🦋🦋🦋🦋🦋🦋🦋🦋🦋🦋🦋🦋🦋🦋🦋

  12. Wait.. these are extremely rare? In 1992 while I wasn’t aware of endangered animals, my little brother killed one while we were at a park.. excuse me what the fuck

  13. it would be nice if you explained why they declined. they declined due to habitat destruction from weeds and conversion to farmland.

  14. WOW i saw one in my backyard a couple of months ago and drew it and could not find it on internet! later that same day there was one eactly the same but the inside of the wings were more orange and the outside a bit more darker gray (in CBA,argentina)

  15. I saw one in my back yard one day, last spring, here in Central Texas. It was so beautiful i had to get up close pictures of it.
    I actually thought it was some sort of moth, i was sure…

  16. Please make a video about the Helmeted Hornbill. It’s critically endangered because there’s a huge demand for its rare skull 🙁

  17. I was part of the captive breeding program! It’s taking place at Moorpark College in Moorpark, CA. They also raise two other species, the Lange’s Metalmark and the Laguna Mountains Skipper (though that one has been put on hold.)

    It was so cool 🙂 The original habitat of rolling sand dunes was destroyed to build a baseball diamond, and a military base was later constructed nearby. The large oil storage tanks they constructed caused the sand that was constantly blowing around to form dunes on both sides of each cylindrical tank, recreating the butterfly’s natural habitat. 11 years later, it was rediscovered 🙂

  18. OMG the moth looks like my moth but She died R.I.P snow queen my moth ( )-2019
    Always in our memories😭🥺😭🥺😭🥺😭🥺😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭

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