Okee Atala

I have only spotted the Atala (Eumaeus atala) on several occasions. This small and colorful butterfly was thought to have been extinct at one point. The host plant of the atala is the coontie. Coontie is a Seminole word meaning starch or w
hite because the roots of the plant can be made into flour. Commercial factories starting commercially harvesting the coontie plant to make biscuits and virtually eliminated the plant. In 1965 this butterfly was thought to be extinct. Thankfully it’s not and if you are lucky you might spot one.