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.

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 .

Results from Austin Butterfly Count
October 20, 2018, 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Zilker Botanical Garden, Austin Nature Center, Lady Bird Wildflower Center.

Participants: Dan Hardy, Val Bugh, Joe Lapp, Gary St. Clair, Martin Byhower, Barbara Ribble, James Giroux, Jane Connelly, Matt Morris, Harriett Wolf.

Started with a little sun, but clouded over and temperature dropped slightly, Maybe 62-68 degrees. Very few butterflies flying in this weather.

Pipevine Swallowtail 10 caterpillars
Giant Swallowtail 1 adult, 5 cat
Two-tailed Swallowtail 3 cat
Southern Dogface 6 ad
Cloudless Sulphur 2 ad
Little Yellow 2 ad
Sleepy Orange 3 cat, 9 ad
Gray Hairstreak 5 ad
Lacey’s Scrub-Hairstreak 1 ad
Reakirt’s Blue 2 ad
American Snout 1 ad
Gulf Fritillary 10 cat, 12 ad
Pearl Crescent 3 ad
Common Buckeye 1 ad
Common Mestra 1 ad
Hackberry Emperor 1 ad
Tawny Emperor 1 ad
Emperor sp 1 ad
Monarch 1 ad
Queen 28 ad
White-striped Longtail 2 cat, 3 ad
Texas Powdered Skipper 4 cat
Clouded Skipper 2 ad
Fiery Skipper 6 ad
Sachem 1 ad

24 species


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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