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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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.

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 Cos˝ipata 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.


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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