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New ‘skipper’ butterfly fits on a thumbnail


Researchers have discovered a new butterfly that’s about the size of a thumbnail in Jamaica’s last remaining wilderness.

“During 2011, after the discovery of the initial female specimen, we had actually written the description, but any time you have just a single specimen, the chance exists that it’s just a real freak of something else,” says Andy Warren, senior collections manager at the McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity at the Florida Museum of Natural History at University of Florida. 

“I was really keeping my fingers crossed that more specimens would be found this year. Well, we didn’t get many more, but we got exactly one more and it was the male, so that was a huge relief.”

Full story at Futurity.

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Photo credit: Jeff Gage, University of Florida

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