LAS VEGAS (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service hopes to designate 5,600 acres on Nevada’s Mount Charleston as critical habitat for an endangered blue butterfly. The proposed area is about 99 percent federally owned land and is mostly within a designated wilderness. A 60-day public comment period on the proposal opened yesterday. The Mt. Charleston blue butterfly is gray and baby blue and is less than an inch long.
Mt Charleston Blue Butterfly, Plebejus shastaPhoto-Corey Kallstrom / USFWS