Butterfly Naming Draws $40K Bid

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) _ A butterfly species discovered in Florida has a new name after a bidder bought the naming rights in an online auction.

The butterfly's common name will be the Minerva owl butterfly.

It's being named after the late Margery Minerva Blythe Kitzmiller of Ohio. She died in 1972.

Kitzmiller was a mother of three sons. The bidder chose to remain anonymous but the payment of $40,800 was made on behalf of Kitzmiller's grandchildren.

University of Florida researchers discovered the new species while looking through a butterfly collection at the Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville earlier this year.


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