Prevent Extinction of Unique Butterfly Species

Unsilvered fritillary butterfly

Target: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Daniel Ashe

Goal: Protect brilliant unsilvered fritillary butterfly species by declaring it an endangered species

The unsilvered fritillary is a species of butterfly native to California. This butterfly has faced many difficulties recently due to a changing environment. Development and wildfires in this butterfly’s habitat threaten its population. Three subspecies of the unsilvered fritillary have been recorded to exist. However, because of lack of protection and destruction of its environment, one subspecies has not been sighted since 1959 and is thought to be extinct.

The remaining two species are extremely delicate and sensitive to changes in their environment. Therefore, things like wildfires, urban development, overgrazing, and foreign vegetation have had a serious impact on the unsilvered fritillary’s population. The majority of this butterfly’s diet is made up of violets. From when it is a caterpillar to after it transforms to a butterfly, the unsilvered fritillary depends on violets. So when violets are threatened or destroyed because of local development, fires, or overgrazing, this butterfly is unable to thrive.

Under the California Endangered Species Act, insects are offered not offered enough protection. Therefore, the unsilvered fritillary needs to be protected by federal law. Take action now to ensure that the other two remaining species of unsilvered fritillaries do not become extinct. Demand that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service list the butterfly under the federal Endangered Species Act so that this species and its habitat can be protected.


Dear Director Ashe,

The unsilvered fritillary is a unique species of butterfly found in California. While it was known to have three subspecies, one is believed to be currently extinct. The remaining two species are delicate and sensitive to changes in their environment. Therefore, wildfires, urban development, and overgrazing in their habitats can have a disastrous effect.

The population of the unsilvered fritillary has declined dramatically over the last few years. If nothing is done, the remaining species of this butterfly could soon face extinction as well.

The California Endangered Species Act unfortunately does not offer enough protection for insects. Federal protection is this beautiful, rare creature’s only hope. Please help protect the unsilvered fritillary’s population from further diminishing by listing this species under the federal Endangered Species Act. By taking action, we can make sure this enchanting butterfly species can continue to thrive in its natural habitat.


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Photo Credit: Lymantria via Wikimedia Commons

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