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December 31, 1997 | KARREN MILLS, ASSOCIATED PRESS
David Bohlken needs 750 pounds of milkweed a day, hand harvested and cleaned, to feed his livestock. After his animals mature, the diet changes to watermelon. Bohlken is a butterfly farmer. His business is among about half a dozen in the United States that raise and sell butterflies to the growing number of butterfly gardens, zoos and educational exhibits around the country.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 20, 1990 | TIM WATERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Environmentalists scored a major victory Friday when Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley and other key city officials announced an agreement to preserve one of the last sections of Southern California's once-extensive coastal sand dune system. The land, 200 acres west of Los Angeles International Airport, is best known as a habitat for the endangered El Segundo blue butterfly. It is a remnant of a dune system that once stretched from Point Conception, above Santa Barbara, south to Mexico.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 17, 1997 | DEBORAH SCHOCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A colorful, checkered butterfly that once ranked among the most abundant butterflies in Orange County is now so threatened that it is being granted protection under the federal Endangered Species Act. The Quino checkerspot is one of two Southern California butterflies on the brink of extinction that have been added to the federal list of endangered species, federal officials announced Thursday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 8, 1998 | DEBORAH SCHOCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The hikers moved single file, binoculars and nets held in readiness, scanning the sea of sage scrub in search of butterflies. Curiously, few fluttered above the veritable feast of host plants--the flowering deer weed, monkey flower, buckwheat--that the rainy winter has brought to the rolling wilderness of southern Orange County. With all these flowers for the taking, some wondered, where are the butterflies to feed on them? Then news of a find travels down the line. "Red admiral!"
ENTERTAINMENT
November 4, 2012 | By Hector Tobar, Los Angeles Times
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NEWS
December 16, 2001 | DEEPTI HAJELA, ASSOCIATED PRESS
The brown butterfly seemed to like its resting place--on Gabe Heafitz's shirt. It crawled from one shoulder to the other and back, opening and closing its wings. As for Heafitz, he just stood calmly and let it wander, not even flinching as it approached his neck. After all, this butterfly--and its home, an oasis of quiet and calm in the sometimes still-frantic city--were the reasons he came to the American Museum of Natural History.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 11, 1991 | CHARLES HILLINGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Unusually large numbers of brown-and-yellow painted lady butterflies and green-black, white-lined sphinx moth caterpillars are swarming across Southern California deserts this spring--apparently feeding on the abundant plant life that sprouted after heavy March rains. The butterfly is often mistaken for the monarch. Although its coloring is similar to its better-known relative, it is about a third smaller.
NEWS
March 31, 1996 | ERIC SLATER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For a delicate creature with a life span of five days, a weight somewhere between that of a BB and a dove's feather, whose only home in the world is a few plants on a few acres of a Navy fuel depot, the endangered Palos Verdes blue butterfly has endured a remarkable amount of attention. And inattention.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 16, 1994 | DEBORAH SCHOCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They stride across the dunes like foot soldiers in some ecological army, sporting T-shirts emblazoned with a single blue butterfly. Some stoop to do battle with the alien ice plant and brushy acacia trees that threaten the El Segundo dunes. Others kneel in the sand to plant native shrubs that vanished from this seaside kingdom long before many members of this volunteer gardening army were born.
NEWS
January 30, 1999 | Associated Press
A checkered butterfly found only in the Sacramento Mountains of southern New Mexico is creating a rift between environmentalists and a village with growing pains. The Southwest Center for Biological Diversity in Tucson, Ariz., wants an emergency listing of the Cloudcroft checkerspot butterfly as a federally endangered species.
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