Below is a photo of an iridescent atala butterfly (Eumaeus atala) aka coontie hairstreak. Jane Higgins, in her riveting presentation at the September meeting mentioned them. Below are links to two fascinating pages you’ll enjoy. They are still considered rare, so be on the lookout and report sightings by emailing
Sandy Koi or Donald W. Hall, Entomology and Nematology Department, University of Florida and authors of the “Featured Creatures” article.
Featured Creatures: The Atala Butterfly
interesting article from “Entomology Today”
A Nearly Extinct Butterfly Makes a Comeback in South Florida