Speak Up for Rare San Diego County Butterfly

Urge the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect Hermes copper butterflies under the Endangered Species Act.
Hermes copper butterfly
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The Hermes copper butterfly is a small, spotted, yellow-orange butterfly that once occupied dozens of coastal sage scrub and chaparral sites in San Diego County. But with its habitat now down to fewer than 20 sites, this pretty pollinator is fighting for survival.

Fortunately — after 28 years of petitions and lawsuits by the Center and other organizations — the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has finally proposed protecting Hermes copper butterflies under the Endangered Species Act. The proposal includes 35,000 acres of protected critical habitat for the butterfly in San Diego County.

Tell the Service you strongly support these long-overdue protections.

The Hermes copper butterfly's decline mirrors the destruction of Southern California's native ecosystems. It faces threats from urban sprawl, rampant wildfires and climate change. Worldwide, butterfly and moth populations have declined by more than 40% in the past 40 years. But it's not too late to save these butterflies.

Take a moment now to urge the Service to protect the Hermes copper butterfly as "threatened," with critical habitat as proposed.

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Photo of Hermes copper butterfly by John Martin/USFWS.

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