Decision to keep Nevada butterflies off endangered list called 'fiasco'
They're barely bigger than a dime, but the Mount Charleston blue butterflies -- all 18 of them -- might be making their last flutter in the Spring Mountains or anywhere else on Earth, observers who sought federal protection for them said Tuesday.
"I'm really heartbroken about it. It's not looking real good," Rob Mrowka of the Center for Biological Diversity said about the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's finding this week that the imperiled iridescent blue butterfly warrants protection but won't receive it. That's because it's only a subspecies of Shasta blue butterflies and there are higher priorities for listing other critters on the brink of extinction.
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