Living With The Miami Tiger Beetle

Miami Tiger Beetle

Miami Tiger Beetle
Photo: Jonathan Mays, FWC

The Miami Tiger Beetle is only found in unique habitats south of Miami, FL known as the Pine Rocklands. This is a disturbance habitat maintained by periodic fires. These habitats are few in number and contain many unique species. For years, the habitat was an unused part of the Richmond Naval Air Station. The land has since been acquired by developers who wish to bulldoze the habitat to develop a Walmart and a theme park which is ironically called Miami Wilds. The developers are fighting a move by the Fish and Wildlife Service to declare the Miami Tiger Beetle an Endangered Species. Developers argue that the Miami Tiger Beetle is not a true species, but local form of a more widespread species. Who will win?  The developers?  Or the beetle?  In real estate, the mantra is Location. Location. Location. For species with unique habitats, location is a matter of survival and extinction.

About jjneal

Jonathan Neal is an Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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