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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Zebra Longwing, photo by Dale Clark

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.

Jan. 25, 2016, meeting: Butterfly Farming: Following a Dream (or living a nightmare), presented by Dale Clark.

A somewhat light hearted look at the joys and frustrations of the day-to-day operations of a butterfly farm. Feeding thousands of hungry mouths every day is not for the fainthearted, but despite the sometimes seemingly overwhelming odds of hunger, disease, drought and/or floods, the life of a butterfly farmer can occasionally unearth some interesting facts about the lives of the native butterflies and moths flying around Texas.

Fascinated by butterflies and moths ever since he was a child, Dale Clark turned a lifelong passion into a livelihood. In 1995 he quit his full-time "real job" and created Butterflies Unlimited, a butterfly farm south of Dallas, TX where he began raising Texas native butterflies to sell to live butterfly exhibits at zoos all across the country, offering more than 50 species. That same year he also co-founded the Dallas County Lepidopteristsí Society, a local organization which allows people in the Dallas/Fort Worth area to gather who share an interest in butterflies by going on monthly field trips. As if herding thousands of caterpillars on "the ranch" wasnít enough to keep him busy, from 2006 to 2011 he became the editor of the News of the Lepidopteristsí Society, the international news magazines of one of the oldest organizations in existence (est. 1947) devoted to the study of butterflies and moths.


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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