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LAX's Newest Arrival is a Gang of 125,000 Rare Butterflies

February 15, 2012 at 3:07 PM | by | ()

There’s something new to check out on your next trip to or through Los Angeles International, and you might just be able to find it right around the airport. It’s not a new hot dog stand or frozen yogurt spot—although they have those too—but it is a little slice of nature.

The El Segundo Blue Butterfly has seen better days, but it looks like it has started to find a brand new home near LAX. The little blue bug is making itself comfortable in the area surrounding the airport, within the 200-acre area that’s known as the Dunes Habitat Preserve. There’s a bunch of them too, as the recent count puts the population around like 125,000. It’s quite an improvement from when counts began back in the 1970s, as at that time there were only 500 of the butterflies at most.

For roughly the last 20 years airport officials have been doing their best to help out the flutterin insects, and they’ve done so by protecting the coastal buckwheat plant—that’s where the butterflies love to hang out. If you’re looking to check them out yourself—best of luck—be just know that they're usually only flying around in like June and July. Oh, and please leave your net at home.

[Photo: lavocado@sbcglobal.net]

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