Author Goes Undercover To Meet Notorious Butterfly Smuggler

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(credit: Jessica Speart)

(credit: Jessica Speart)

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STUDIO CITY (CBS) — Jessica Speart, author of ‘Winged Obsession,’ visited the KCAL 9 studios Thursday.

‘Winged Obsession’ is Speart’s undercover account of meeting the nation’s most notorious butterfly smuggler, Yoshi Kojima.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife estimates the illegal butterfly trade to be work $200 million a year, with some butterflies going for up to $45,000 a piece.

For more on Speart, visit her online. Also check out the Natural History Museum’s Bug Fair to learn more about butterflies.

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