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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.

May 22, 2017, 7 PM meeting: The Hows, the Whys, and the Butterflies of the Cockrell Butterfly Center, presented by Nancy Greig, Director emeritus.

This talk will cover the history of the Cockrell Butterfly Center and some of the interesting pros and cons of live butterfly exhibits.

Nancy grew up in the frozen northlands of Calgary, Alberta, but came to Texas in 1977 to attend UT and never went back. A lucky fluke sent her on a field course to Costa Rica in 1983 and she subsequently stayed on at UT to get a PhD in tropical plant ecology. Further serendipity and a push from her major professor, Larry Gilbert, landed her a job in Houston in 1994, as the director of a live butterfly exhibit at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Although not an entomologist, her background in tropical plants and insects served her well and she headed up the Cockrell Butterfly Center for 23 years. Last year she retired from her administrative duties and now enjoys flitting from public speaking, to gardening, to political activism, to travel adventures.

June 26, 2017, 7 PM meeting: Caterpillar Gardening: Providing 21st Century Hosting Solutions, presented by Berry Nall.

Natural habitat is shrinking drastically as Texas' population skyrockets. It is crucial that we incorporate caterpillar hosts into our gardens and landscapes. A creative approach is needed  to identify key host plants and find ways to promote their use in local plantings. Berry Nall will share some of his successes - and failures - in gardening for caterpillars. He will draw on his experiences to suggest ways that concerned individuals and clubs such as ABF can help provide habitat for future butterflies.

Berry Nall is a pastor and teacher who is fascinated by butterflies at all stages of their lives. For the past 10 years he has been seeking to rear as many species as possible from egg to adult; living in Starr County near the Mexico border, he has had the opportunity to raise a variety of exotic tropical butterflies. His butterfly photos and life history studies can be seen on his website.

July 24, 2017, 7 PM meeting: TBA

Aug. 28, 2017, 7 PM meeting: Moths: The Mysterious Majority, presented by Valerie Bugh.

Of about 2000 species of lepidoptera found in the Hill Country, only 150 are butterflies. Moths are far more numerous and diverse than butterflies, including more varied lifestyles, far greater size range, and some rather surprising survival strategies. This program will cover both caterpillars and adults, identifying the major families as well as some oddities, and a look at the beauty of these often overlooked insects.

Val Bugh is a local naturalist specializing in the arthropods of the Austin area, with interests in taxonomy and photography. She runs the Fauna Project at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, leads insect discovery walks, teaches entomology courses, provides insect/spider identifications, gives talks to local organizations, and has published pocket guides to "Butterflies of Central Texas" and "Spiders of Texas." Website: Austin Bug Collection

Sept. 25, 2017, 7 PM meeting: TBA

Oct. 23, 2017, 7 PM meeting: TBA, presented by Robinson Sudan.

Nov. 27, 2017, 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. If you plan to participate contact .

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