Endangered Animal Species: Mount Charleston Blue Butterfly

Thousands of endangered species around the world are on the brink of extinction. And human beings are biodiversity’s greatest enemy: we’re responsible for the endangered status of 99% of at-risk species.

A handful of conservationists have been hard at work changing the story for a number of endangered populations. But in the U.S., hundreds of species are still fighting a losing battle for survival.

NetCredit created a series of posters celebrating the wildlife that each State could lose forever. The image above is the Mount Charleston blue butterfly of Nevada. The Mount Charleston blue butterfly is a distinctive subspecies of the wider ranging Shasta blue butterfly (Icaricia (Plebejus) shasta), a member of the Lycaenidae family. Threats and conservation issues to the Mount Charleston blue butterfly include: loss and degradation of habitat due to changes in natural fire regimes and succession; the implementation of recreational development projects and fuels reduction projects; and the increases in nonnative plants will increase the inherent risk of extinction of the remaining few occurrences of the Mount Charleston blue butterfly. These threats are likely to be exacerbated by the impact of climate change, which is anticipated to increase drought and extreme precipitation events.

See the full collection of images at NetCredit here. 

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