Endangered butterfly finds home on bombing range

A pair of St. Francis’ satyrs appears on vegetation at Fort Bragg. ©Justin Cooper

Amid the installations at the Fort Bragg Army base in North Carolina, a delicate butterfly has found a home. The St. Francis’ satyr (Neonympha mitchellii francisci) is federally listed as an endangered species — only 3,000 of them exist — but they persist on Fort Bragg’s artillery range, where the landscape has resisted many of the impacts of human settlement. Now, biologists hope to replicate those conditions elsewhere to allow the butterfly population to grow.

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