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Adopt the Mojave blue

Euphilotes mojave

Vulnerable according to NatureServe

Habitat: Dry desert where wild buckwheat is available

Diet: Caterpillars feed on wild buckwheat

The Mojave blue is a striking butterfly species found in the arid regions of the southwestern United States. Known for its vibrant blue coloration and intricate wing patterns, this species has evolved to inhabit desert environments. Females lay eggs on wild buckwheat, which serves as food for the developing caterpillars. Like many butterfly species, the Mojave blue serves as a pollinator, visiting buckwheat and cats-eye flowers. Because this species has a very limited range, even localized threats from habitat destruction and degradation due to development, off-road vehicle use, and invasive plants can have an important negative impact on the population.

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