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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Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae), photo by V. Bugh

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. 24, 2014, 7 PM meeting: Member's Show & Tell

This is always a fun meeting! Club members have 5-10 minutes to show photos or to tell about memorable butterfly (and other insect) encounters from the year. We have a laptop and projector, so just bring your flash drive. The coordinator is Dan Hardy.

Dec. 1, 2014, 7:00 PM, Zilker Botanical Garden: Holiday Dinner

We can get into the room beginning at 6:30 pm. The club furnishes a ham. Members are asked to bring a favorite dish. Although we donít have a sign-up sheet, it always seems to work out! See you there.


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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