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.
- Jan. 22, 2018, 7 PM meeting: Introduction to the University of Texas Insect Collection, presented by Dr. Alexander Wild.
- The insect collection at The University of Texas at Austin
hosts about 2 million arthropod specimens focusing on the central
Texas fauna. Particular strengths include the world's largest
collection of cave invertebrates, as well as extensive collections of
Hymenoptera, Coleoptera, and Lepidoptera. In this presentation,
Curator Alex Wild will display a portion of the collection, present
current research, and discuss opportunities for volunteering.
Dr. Alex Wild is Curator of Entomology at the University of
Texas/Austin, and his research concerns the diversity and evolution of
ants. Alex holds a Ph.D. in Entomology from the University of
California/Davis (2005). Alex is also a professional photographer
whose work appears in numerous natural history museums, magazines,
books, television programs, and other media.
- Feb. 26, 2018, 7 PM meeting: Monarchs, presented by Mike Quinn & Liz Cannedy.
- Mike Quinn and Liz Cannedy will give a joint presentation on separate trips they took this year to several monarch overwintering colonies in central Mexico. In addition to their photos from within the Sierra Chincua and El Rosario colonies, Mike will discuss the the current monarch population estimate, condition of the overwintering forests and the logistics of visiting the colonies. Liz will also speak on The Butterflies and Their People Project, a non profit whose efforts include working to stop illegal logging in the monarch forests of Cerro Pelon.
Mike has followed the monarch conservation efforts since starting entomology graduate school at Texas A&M in 1993; he has been the coordinator of Texas Monarch Watch since 2000 and is a past president of the Austin Butterfly Forum.
Liz is a butterfly breeder, gardener, and enthusiast on educating (future butterfly conservationists).
- 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. 23, 2018, 7 PM meeting: TBA
- 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: TBA
- 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 .