The Endangered Species Act now offers protection to the Silverspot butterfly

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has taken steps to protect a butterfly species that is occasionally seen in Colorado. By listing it under the Endangered Species Act, the agency aims to ensure its long-term survival and prevent any immediate threats to its existence.

The silverspot butterfly, also known as the insect, is found in southwestern Colorado, as well as two other western states – Utah and New Mexico.

The butterfly is quite large, with wings that can span up to three inches. One of its notable features are the silver-white spots on the undersides of its wings.

The classification of this butterfly as endangered is expected to aid in the protection of its habitats by the government.

The US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) highlighted several threats that the silverspot butterfly faces. According to a news release, these threats include a combination of future impacts from climate change, habitat loss and fragmentation, incompatible livestock grazing, human alteration of natural hydrology, and genetic isolation.


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