Butterflies and Moths of the Methow Valley and beyond
June 15th, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Indoor Presentation, $5
June 16, 9:00am – 4:00pm, Field Class, $25
Get ready for the butterflies of summer with an evening lecture and full-day field class learning about the world of the Lepidoptera – butterflies and moths! With instructor and passionate “Lep” expert David Dropper, learn about the butterflies that you often see during your outdoor adventures, including how to tell different families of “flutterbys” apart.
Over both sessions, we’ll cover butterfly biology, anatomy, ecology, phenology, and species identification. We’ll also spend some time getting acquainted with some of our local moths that fly under the cover of darkness. You’ll be amazed by the color, beauty, unique characteristics, life-cycles, and sheer biodiversity of this order of creatures that often go unseen by us. David, who has been the Records Coordinator for the “Butterflies and Moths of North America” website for over 10 years, will also talk about resources that can help you discover more about moths and butterflies, as well as how you can contribute to the knowledge of our local Lepidoptera species.
The Friday evening lecture is open to about two dozen people. Registration is required and $5 is payable at the door. After the presentation, we’ll set up non-lethal moth traps overnight.
The Saturday field-class will have some additional volunteers assistants and can accommodate about 20 people, and costs $25* with pre-registration required. Saturday will begin with seeing what we find in the moth traps from the night before. Then we’ll travel to two or three areas around the Methow Valley in search of caterpillars, butterflies and day-flying moths. We will catch and release using nets, and talk about the best ways to observe and handle the insects.
People can come to one or both sessions. We highly recommend that Saturday participants come to the Friday evening session but it is not required.