Florida’s natural wonders range from stunning coral reefs to lush forests and crystal clear springs, but some of them are a little harder to find than others. If you find yourself traveling through Key West, you'll probably take advantage of the stunning beaches and waves, but there’s another treasure hiding in Florida’s southernmost point. The endangered Miami blue butterfly can only be found on this remote Florida island, and if you’re lucky, you might just catch a glimpse!\nThe Miami blue butterfly, as the Florida Museum tells it, was once a common sight across the Sunshine State. Now endangered, the species has been reduced to isolated populations in the Key West National Wildlife Refuge.\nThe Miami blues live a fragile existence, vulnerable to hurricanes, predators, and climate change that could wipe out their delicate population.\nEditor's Choice: 7 Florida Kayaking Spots That'll Show You A Magical Side Of The Sunshine State\nAt the University of Miami, researchers have been raising and studying a laboratory-maintained colony of several thousand of these blue babies. In raising so many, the research staff had to find a more efficient way of feeding the butterflies than having and maintaining tons of flowers.\nSo, they introduced Gatorade into their diets as an easy source of energy and nutrients for them. Funnily enough, the butterflies even have a favorite flavor.\nView this post on Instagram Miami Blue Butterfly - extremely rare, endangered insect. Spotted it in Central Florida yesterday. #butterfly #insect #MiamiBlue #MiamiBlueButterfly #endangered #rare #wings #flower #daisy #outdoors #nature #tropical #florida #butterflyphotography #insectphotography #miamibluebutterflyphotography #outdoorphotography #naturephotography #tropicalphotography #FLphotography #Nikonphotography A post shared by Char Maine (@nointellg) on Feb 26, 2019 at 2:53pm PST\nAccording to the director of the Florida Museum's McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity, Jaret Daniels, the butterflies favor Fierce Melon above all other Gatorade flavors.\nView this post on Instagram Dreaming of days like this...💭 We hope to be running charters again starting in June with the reopening of Key West. With the situation constantly changing, we are doing everything we can to prepare and comply with all Covid-19 safety regulations in order to keep our guests & ourselves safe & healthy. Our cancellation policy has been altered so that booking reservations are only $1, for an easy cancellation process if necessary. Please contact us for the most up-to-date info! We hope to see you soon! A post shared by Honest Eco (@honestecotours) on May 26, 2020 at 10:03am PDT\nThe Key West National Wildlife Refuge where you can see these butterflies is only accessible by boat, and you can find out more information on tours to the island with refuge volunteers by stopping by the Visitor Center on Big Pine Key.\nView this post on Instagram The federally endangered Miami blue #butterfly on an island near Key West. Host plant is blackbead. A post shared by Jae, Phd (@jclay010) on May 26, 2017 at 7:56pm PDT\nThis untouched refuge is the last home of the wild and endangered Miami blue butterfly, and you might be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of one if you visit!\nKey West National Wildlife Refuge\nAddress: Start at the Visitor Center on Big Pine Key 179 Key Deer Blvd., Big Pine Key, FL\nWhy You Need To Go: This remote Florida park is the last home for endangered Miami blue butterflies!\nWebsite\nWe strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment and obey any local laws.