yellow and black butterfly on an orange flower
The critically endangered Schaus’ Swallowtail. Museum photo by by Jeff Gage

One of Florida’s most endangered butterfly species is the Schaus’ Swallowtail. Habitat loss and fragmentation over the past century have led to severe population declines and range reductions for this large, iconic butterfly.

Today, Schaus’ Swallowtail is restricted to only a few remaining sites in the northern Florida Keys, making it one of the rarest butterflies in the U.S. and our only federally listed swallowtail.

The Florida Museum and First Magnitude Brewing Company partnered to create Schaus Stout, a dark, robust brew to call attention to this imperiled species.

On September 9, 2016, we cohosted an event at the First Magnitude Brewery to launch the new Schaus Stout for the public to enjoy and learn about at-risk butterflies in Florida. This beer is the first created in collaboration with The Daniels Lab at the McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity and First Magnitude’s and the proceeds from these beers benefit butterfly conservation and research in our state.