Butterfly populations are a very good indicator of the health of an area's ecosystem !!

Also known as the 88 butterfly or the 89 butterfly depending on the large number appearing on the ventral sides of the wings.

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Avg. Wingspan: 8.9 - 10.2 cm / 3 1/2 - 4 "

Diet: caterpillars eat the leaves of soapberry trees 

* Males are often seen along sand banks, sipping minerals from the urine soaked ground.

Kingdom: Animalia, Phylum: Arthropoda

Class: Insecta, Order: Lepidoptera

The single biggest threat to butterfly survival is habitat destruction!!