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!
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.
Dan Hardy enjoys researching topics for club presentations. He has talked about Wallace and evolution, the butterflies of the Barton Creek Greenbelt, caterpillars and their food plants, and the biology of butterfly wing patterns. He is a pathologist and specializes in microbiology.
This discussion will outline the basics of evolution and natural selection using examples from the world of insects, especially butterflies. Peg Wallace has a Master’s in Geography from the University of Texas, and worked as a teaching assistant in genetics for 5 years. She is fascinated with the topics of genetics, evolution and ecology, and enjoys teaching these concepts.