Austin, Texas, is home to about 170 species of butterflies. It is also the home of the Austin Butterfly Forum, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to butterfly conservation and to enriching people's lives through butterflies. The Austin Butterfly Forum is a club that organizes field trips, conducts butterfly counts, promotes native gardening, performs conservation activities, and meets monthly for an educational presentation. We are a community of butterfly enthusiasts who also enjoy dragonflies & damselflies, bees, beetles, spiders and arthropods in general, and our meeting presentations span this gamut as well. Join Us!

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Polyphemus caterpillar, photo by Dan Hardy

Meetings are held in the Zilker Garden Center, 2220 Barton Springs Rd., Austin, TX, 78746 at 7:00 PM on the fourth Monday of each month except December.

Oct. 26, 2015, 7 PM meeting: How to Photograph Army Ants, presented by Alex Wild.

Army ants are among the most spectacular animals in warmer regions worldwide (including central Texas!) This talk will focus on how photographers can make use of the ants' natural history to create unique, compelling images.

Alex Wild is a professional photographer and Curator of Entomology at the University of Texas/Austin. Alex holds a Ph.D. in Entomology from the University of California/Davis and has photographed insects as an aesthetic complement to his scientific work for over a decade. His research concerns ant taxonomy and evolution, and his photographs appear in numerous natural history museums, magazines, books, television programs, and other media.

Nov. 7, 2015, 9 AM field trip: Hunt for Silkmoth Caterpillars, St. Edward’s Pk. & Barton Greenbelt, led by Jeff Keverline.

The wild silk moths (Saturniidae) include many of the largest and most spectacular Lepidoptera on the planet. We are fortunate to have several species representing this group here in central Texas. Despite their large size and spectacular colors, these moths and their caterpillars are rarely seen unless one knows how to find them, as they are very good at blending in with their surroundings. With knowledge of their habitats, behaviors, and seasons, one can easily locate the caterpillar stage of Saturniid moths right here in Austin!

We will begin Saturday morning, November 7, at 9 AM in St. Edwards Park. The hike will loop around the park and for the most part, be quite easy. Around noon we will head to a local restaurant for lunch. Afterward, we will meet at 1:30 PM at the Camp Craft Road Trailhead off of 360 and hike down to the Barton Creek Greenbelt. This will be a more strenuous hike as there is quite a hill heading down to Barton Creek. We should be able to find mature caterpillars of Luna Moths, Polyphemus Moths and Imperial Moths. If inclement weather threatens, we will postpone the hike one day and meet on Sunday.

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Nov. 23, 2015, 7 PM meeting: Member's Show & Tell.

This is always a fun program, as several people give a variety of presentations, show photos or tell stories. Each participant gets 10 minutes.


All of our normal events are open to the public, but you may want to become a member of the Austin Butterfly Forum to help support us and our events. We also treat members to some extra goodies, such as reduced admission to special programs that have a fee and discounts on purchases made at meetings. Membership is $20 annually per household payable during meetings or by mail to Doris Hill, ABF Treasurer, 1605 Broadmoor, Austin, TX 78723.

For more information, please contact Mike Quinn, ABF president at 512-577-0250 or

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