CAMBIO - The Best Blue Butterfly

Cambio means change in Spanish, and what a change this is for me! I had no idea how a blog worked and have received a crash course from my nephew, Brandon Drake.  Now I guess we'll see what I can do with it!  Of course, the BIG change for me is the upcoming publication of my children's book, Cambio - The Best Blue Butterfly, something I have worked for and dreamed of for so long.  It's surreal that I will now have the experience of seeing one of my books come to life.

When trying to think about what you might enjoy reading, I thought about the book publishing process.  It is totally new to me and I am finding it very interesting.  So I thought that you might like to follow along with Cambio as he becomes a reality.  

First, let me tell you a little about him...

I based the story of Cambio (Spanish for change) on the life cycle of the Miami blue butterfly of the Lycaenidae butterfly family. Once abundant and widespread, the butterfly has become considerably rarer and now only occurs in a single small, isolated colony site within the boundaries of Bahia Honda State Park on Bahia Honda Key in the Lower Florida Keys. As with many lycaenid butterflies, the larvae are tended by ants, which protect the caterpillar from predators and parasitoids and harvest its sugar and protein-rich secretions.*

On August 9, 2011, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service issued an emergency order protecting the Miami blue butterfly under the Endangered Species Act. The tiny butterfly has disappeared from 99 percent of its range in South Florida and is now on the brink of extinction.

The next time I write, I'll tell you a little about Cambio and I'll let you know what stage the publication is in.  If you like this and think you will enjoy it, please, please let me know.  I'll write anyway, but it sure is great to get some encouragement!

Love to you all!


*Daniels, J. C. 2005. Species Profile: Cyclargus thomasi bethunebakeri. In Shepherd, M. D., D. M. Vaughan, and S. H. Black (Eds). Red List of Pollinator Insects of North America. CD-ROM Version 1 (May 2005). Portland, OR: The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation. 



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