Our monthly meetings, which have been held regularly since 1993 at Zilker Garden Center, feature an educational program. All are open to the public and most are free. The Garden Center is located in Zilker Botanical Gardens, 2220 Barton Springs Rd., Austin, TX 78746.
- Apr. 22, 2019, 7 PM meeting: Buprestidae: A jewel of a beetle, presented by Jason Hansen.
Buprestids, or jewel beetles, are one of the most diverse and popular families of beetles. They were well known to ancient Egyptians, Romans and Greeks who carved them in stone, used them for medicine and even considered them acceptable dinner fare! Come hear Jason speak about their life history, how to identify adults and immatures, and most timely, Jason will discuss what the coming emerald ash borer may mean for our ash trees. The EAB, a major pest, was recently found in northeast and north-central Texas.
Jason works for USDA-APHIS-PPQ as an Entomologist Identifier in Los Indios, Texas. Before working for PPQ he spent 3 years at the APHIS quarantine rearing facility on Cape Cod Massachusetts. He also worked in Michigan monitoring and deploying biocontrol agents for emerald ash borer. He has a B.S. in zoology, an M.S. in environmental biology and a PhD. in entomology. His graduate work focused on clearwing moth and buprestid species complexes, using DNA and morphology to distinguish closely related species. He enjoys family, the outdoors and most of all collecting beetles anywhere he can find them.
There will be field trips on Sunday and Monday. We will meet Sunday, April 21 at 9 a.m. Commons Ford Metropolitan Park, 614 N. Commons Ford Rd. When you drive down the road, go to the end where there is parking near the barn and portable restrooms. We end around noon. This is a outing to enjoy nature, butterflies, and insects, with our guest speaker, Jason Hansen, PhD entomologist.
On Monday, April 22, we will meet at the Lady Bird Wildflower Center at 9 am for another nature outing with Jason Hansen. It will go till noon. Meet near the Great Horned Owl nest near the gift shop. Note that admission is $12 for adults. We will end around noon.
- May 4, 2019, 10 AM to 4 PM workshop: How to Know and Grow Austin Butterflies
- Learning to identify common butterflies of Central Texas is only one aspect of the Austin Butterfly Forum’s Annual Butterfly Workshop, held from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, 2019, at the Zilker Botanical Garden Center. Topics will cover caterpillar food plants, how to raise caterpillars and watch metamorphosis at home, strategies for caterpillar survival and identification, as well as books and resources about this rapidly growing hobby. The workshop will include a light lunch and a walk to identify butterflies in the Zilker Botanical Garden.
To register, please contact Jeff Taylor at 512-825-8368 or .
Fee for the workshop is $35.00 with a light lunch provided.
- May 27, 2019, 7 PM meeting: TBA
- June 24, 2019, 7 PM meeting: Wild Bees, presented by Paula Sharp & Ross Eatman.
- Photojournalists Paula Sharp and Ross Eatman are the authors of the well-traveled and highly-regarded website Wild Bees of New York, the culmination of a three-year project documenting native bee species for New York’s state park system. Sponsored by the New York State Environmental Protection Fund, Wild Bees of New York provides information and detailed photographs of more than 120 species of native bees of the Northeastern United States.
Sharp and Eatman’s photographs of wild bees are currently on a national tour of prominent museums, art galleries and botanical gardens. An exhibit of Sharp & Eatman’s bee photographs will be featured by the Houston Museum of Natural Science from May 24 – September 22, 2019.
Beginning in September, 2018, Sharp and Eatman commenced a new project at the Texas National Butterfly Center in Mission. As part of this endeavor, Sharp and Eatman have erected a new website, Wild Bees of the National Butterfly Center, which documents the many novel and rare native bee species inhabiting the Lower Rio Grande Valley.
Sharp and Eatman will be continuing to research and photograph bee species of the National Butterfly Center and the Lower Rio Grande Valley throughout the upcoming year. They will be speaking about their work and presenting a slideshow of dazzling photographs of wild bees, both northeastern and Texan. Sharp and Eatman will be available afterwards, to answer questions about their Texas project, bees of the Lower Rio Grande Valley and macro photography.
- July 22, 2019, 7 PM meeting: TBA
- Aug. 26, 2019, 7 PM meeting: TBA, presented by Ann Hendrickson.
- Sept. 23, 2019, 7 PM meeting: TBA, presented by Xanthe A. Shirley.
- Oct. 28, 2019, 7 PM meeting: TBA
- Nov. 25, 2019, 7 PM meeting: Member's Show & Tell.
- This is a fun meeting that we have every year. Any member can show their favorite photos of the year or to tell about their a trip or butterfly experience. You have 5-10 minutes. There will be a projector and laptop so just bring your flash drive. Plus, the club provides pizza for this year end meeting! If you plan to participate contact .