Special Projects Lab
McGuire Center researchers conduct species conservation projects in this lab.
The lab's current project focuses on a captive breeding program for the Miami Blue, Cyclargus thomasi bethunebakeri. Once abundant in South Florida, this small blue butterfly is now critically endangered. McGuire Center scientists are reintroducing the butterflies bred in this lab into conservation areas including Everglades and Biscayne National Parks. The goal is to increase population numbers in the wild and expand the range of this butterfly from one small remnant colony on Bahia Honda in the Florida Keys to historically occupied areas.