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.
- Mar. 26, 2018, 7 PM meeting: Butterflying in the Cosnipata Valley, presented by Bill Dempwolf.
- Peru is one of the countries with the most species of butterflies in the world. It is estimated Peru has more than 4 times the number of species that have been recorded in America north of the Rio Grande River. For the past 10 years a survey, jointly sponsored by The Smithsonian Instution in Washington DC and Museo de Historia Natural in Lima has been conducting a survey in the CosŮipata Valley of the butterfly species found there. Over 2300 species have been recorded so far. Bill Dempwolf, who was invited to participate in November 2017, will give a talk about the trip.
Bill is an amateur entomologist who has been studying and collecting butterflies since 2004. He has been across Texas, to California, the Canadian Yukon, Utah and Arizona to chase butterflies, but the November trip was his first tropical butterfly expedition.
- Apr. 14, 2018, 9 am to 5 pm: Spring Native Plant Sale: Public Day, at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.
- Members Only sale is Apr. 13, 9 am to 5 pm. More information.
- Apr. 23, 2018, 7 PM meeting: Bugwatching: The art, fun and importance of observing insects & their kin, presented by Eric Eaton.
- May 28, 2018, 7 PM meeting: TBA
- June 25, 2018, 7 PM meeting: TBA
- July 23, 2018, 7 PM meeting: TBA
- Aug. 27, 2018, 7 PM meeting: Beetles ~ Airborne Armor, presented by Valerie Bugh.
Of all animal orders, Coleoptera contains the most species. From minute specks almost invisible to the human eye to hefty insects that can cover your palm, beetles are a substantial segment of just about every terrestrial ecosystem. In spite of their abundance and diversity, beetles often go unnoticed by many people and, undoubtedly, part of their success is due to remaining so discreet. With tough outer body protection and the ability to fly, beetles are equipped to disperse and utilize habitats from desert to aquatic. We'll look at the variety, characteristics, life cycle, behaviors and relationships of these fascinating and beautiful creatures.
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. 24, 2018, 7 PM meeting: TBA
- Oct. 22, 2018, 7 PM meeting: Native Host Plants for Texas Butterflies, presented by Lynne & Jim Weber.
- While a wealth of native plant and butterfly field guides exist, ones that focus on the unique relationships between native plants and butterflies are few and far between. With the publication of Native Host Plants for Texas Butterflies, authors and photographers Jim & Lynne Weber, along with Ro Wauer, have filled this gap for Texas, beyond monarchs and milkweeds! Learn about these special relationships for butterflies (and some showy moths), explore why native plants are essential to healthy ecosystems, understand the role of nectar and host plants, and discover how these insects find the desired host plant species upon which to lay their eggs. You will leave with the knowledge and resources needed to encourage and appreciate a wider diversity of butterflies and moths in relation to their native host plants!
Lynne and Jim Weber are currently retired after long careers in the tech industry. Both are certified Texas Master Naturalists and Lynne is a past president of the Capital Area chapter. The Webers are dedicated naturalists who have served on the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve Citizens Advisory Council as well as on boards of the Big Bend Natural History Association, the Big Bend Conservancy, and the Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute. They conduct Golden-cheeked Warbler and Colima Warbler surveys, guide hikes, restore native habitat, map invasive plants, and manage their privately owned 8-acre preserve. Their nature photography and writing have appeared in several publications, and they have co-authored Nature Watch Austin (2011), Nature Watch Big Bend (2017), and Native Host Plants for Texas Butterflies (2018).
- Nov. 26, 2018, 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 .